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Username: Bucky

Post Number: 136
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 - 12:19 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Okay let see if I can explain very fine boned mare who is 7 years old often "knuckles" when she walks (this is how my farrier referred to it). When I ride her it feels like she trips but actually it is like her knee bends twice before it comes completely back to step again. She does it when frolicking in the pasture also, not just when I ride her. It is particularly bad in her right hind when she is tired, or after we have ridden a ways. FYI she works off her hind end more than her front (back shoes wear out before fronts) and while most horses work on a diagnol she works front to back.

What causes this and is there anything I can do to help her or is it just how she is conformed?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 15145
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Friday, Mar 24, 2006 - 7:50 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

There can be many causes for this Mandy and accurate identification requires a thorough exam including neurological evaluation. It could be as simple as the feet, particularly the toes are being left too long.
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