|TWH has lost running walk
Michigan 7 year old Tenn Walker Gelding. Ridden western in a halter briddle/snaffle with 4 " shanks in ring & on trial by very experienced rider.
Question: I have owned this horse before. I searched him down and bought
him again. He is a very reliable trail horse.
From Panelists Laura
Is your horse shod this way because he is trotty or because he is too racky?
Usually, if you put a weighted shoe on the hinds, you don't want borium there since it keeps the foot from swinging all the way through with the weight of the shoe. (might as well put on kegs with borium, the extra weight on the back feet is wasted since the borium stops the motion too soon). Since you live in Michigan, you probably need the borium just to keep upright <G>, so you might replace the hinds with keg shoes with borium and wait for better weather to work on gait.
After the need for borium is gone, you could go back to working on getting
your horse looser and swinging more. Continue with your slow work.
Some horses get afraid of slipping in the ice & snow and won't loosen
up until the footing gets better. The borium also tends to stop the
foot and can cause your horse to tighten up. You also might want
to try a Wonder bit or other type of mild gag bit. Sometimes, this
bit helps to get a horse swinging more. Some horses like this bit
so much they relax more and gait better