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Re: RC: Stocking up

> I guess it's sounds like a silly question, but are there reasons - aside
> from stress, injury or wind puffs - one horse would stock up when an
> almost comparable horse wouldn't?

Isn't it possible that some horses are prone to stocking up, just like
some people are prone to stock up (swollen hands & feet)?  Lakota tends to
stock up after spending an extended period of time in one place, whether
he was exercised or not.  I have seen him stocked up after spending a
stormy night standing in his run-in shed, even when he hadn't been ridden
in 2-3 days.  He always stocks up when I stall him overnight, no matter
what he did during the day. But he didn't stock up after our first 50 in
December, and he didn't stock up at MP (we pulled at 39 miles).  I
credited this to his portable corral and long highline setup, which he
uses to move around quite a bit.  I'm sure he'd stock up if I tied him to
the trailer overnight.  I have learned to walk him briskly 10-15 minutes
when he has some fill, and so far <knock on wood> it has always gone away.  
I assume if it didn't go away that quickly, then it was stocking up "for
cause" rather than "just because."  Any official comments on this?

Glenda & Lakota
Mobile, AL
AERC # M18819 & H27310
SE Region

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