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Deborah Gray
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Username: majik

Post Number: 2
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Monday, Nov 5, 2007 - 9:41 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I'm not sure if this fits into the same category as "long sloping pasterns" but this 5 year old paint mare that my trainer has looks very "down on the pasterns" in the front. Her fetlock actually drops behind her hoof. This occurs when she is just standing. She is very clumsy as she canters and gets an attitude when pushed into this gait. My question is, can we rule out pain from a conformational standpoint when pushed into a canter or, do we assume she has been turned out too long and just doesn't want to work? To me I would think this would put increased stress on the front end and result in long term negative affects. Also is there a publication you would suggest I purchase on equine anatomy faults?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: dro

Post Number: 19493
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Tuesday, Nov 6, 2007 - 7:34 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Deborah,
The way to tell if a horse is lame is described in the article Diseases of Horses » Lameness » Localizing Lameness in the Horse. However I would not know any way to tell if a horse may be resistant because their conformation may make a way of going more difficult. If it were in fact the case I would expect the horse to be resistant. Another thought occurs to me if the horse is getting belligerent the trainer is moving to fast with this horse. This is as common a problem as green horses having trouble learning to canter in a balanced manner under saddle and easy to see how they are related.
PS oh I almost forgot for more on confirmation see References » Equine Illustrations » Leg Anatomy and Conformation.
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