So you’ve been experiencing some issues with how your horse stumbles, or almost. You begin to answer a train of questions – should you be worried about your safety? The answer for that is definitely yes. But should you replace your horse with another one? Not necessarily. Horses are expensive, and they’re not like any transport vehicle we have that we can easily replace anytime we want to. But if our safety is in danger, then we have to do some appropriate measures to avoid any accidents from occurring. Replacing our humble and loyal steed must be the last resort – try these approaches first.
Focus and Training
One of the most common causes of stumbling is inattentiveness, especially for younger horses, said Dr. Duncan Peters, an expert equine veterinarian. Fortunately, this can be corrected through proper training and good riding. How your horse will be able to overcome his being easily distracted depends on how good you are in communicating where you want to go, as well as the pacing.
Occasionally, our good equine companion trips, and the reason for that is that she catches a toe. In many cases, this too can be treated through mastering even the basic, yet effective horse training techniques.
If your horse still exhibits the same problems despite the rigorous training sessions that she underwent, then the problem might be a little bit more complex than you think.
One such example is when your horse has a wound in the leg that’s still left untreated. The problem with this is that we can never really know about the wound until we see it, or when a local veterinarian does an in-depth physical examination. Once the cause of the pain has been identified and addressed appropriately, then you should be able to enjoy a stumble-free ride.
If your equine friend still repeats the same mistakes, then it is possible that the problem with your horse lies with the conformation flaws. One of those is what we usually call the downhill build, wherein the horse’s weight is greatly concentrated on the front limbs more than the usual. Young horses usually experience this. And while their front legs catch up more often than not, others do not receive the same blessings. What you can do is to train your horse to transfer some of the weight to the back legs, and cross your fingers that she outgrows this unfortunate phenomenon. But if she does not, then you will have no choice but to accept the fact and adjust. You may not be able to realize the expectations you had for her prior to the detection of her build.
Another common conformation flaw is when her toes appear way longer than the average. Her tendency to catch the ground easily is the reason why she stumbles often. Sometimes, the problem is genetic, but in other cases, it’s manmade. To correct this, you will have to visit a local farrier and a veterinarian regularly. The farrier can make ways to shorten the toes, or advise you to let your horse wear shod as often as need be.
Should you not be able to address your horse’s problems after reading this article, then it could be possible that she has problems that are rare, and need an equine veterinarian’s immediate support. Finally, if nothing works out, then it might mean that you would have to ditch your dreams of winning a derby.
Horses, like humans, have intrinsic value. Our love for them should not depend on how profitable they are on the racecourse; as equines and equestrians, we must understand that our love for horses can transcend any flaw or conformity error, if we let that love run wild.
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