Wisconsin 9 year old Peruvian Paso

Question: WHEN I HAD MY HORSE TRIMMED LAST SUMMER, THE
FARRIER WAS HAVING A BIT OF A PROBLEM WITH HIM HE JUST
WOULDN'T STAND FOR HER, SHE HAD DONE MY OTHER HORSES THEY
WERE O.K., BUT THE VERY NEXT DAY HE SEEMED SORE ON HIS FEET
HE WASN'T VERY ACTIVE. DIDN'T KNOW FOR SURE IF IT WAS FROM
THE TRIM JOB OR NOT. HE WAS FINE IN A COUPLE DAYS BUT THEN
IT WAS TIME TO GET HIM TRIMMED AGAIN AND THIS TIME HE
FLINCHED A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS TRIMMING HIM, I WAS
VERY UNHAPPY, THIS WAS THE LAST TIME I WOULD GET HER TO TRIM
MY HORSE. I LOOKED AT THE BOTTOM OF HIS FEET WHEN SHE LEFT,
I COULD SEE BLOOD SPOTS COMING THROUGH, THE NEST DAY HE
WOULDN'T EVEN MOVE. I AM WONDERING IF HER TRIMMING HIM TOO
SHORT COULD OF MADE HIM FOUNDER. I'VE GOT A NEW FARRIER AND
HE IS FINE WHEN HE TRIMS HIM BUT HIS BACK ONE LEG HE SEEMS
TO ACT UP A LITTLE BIT, ITS WHEN HE LIFTS THE LEG UP. WHAT
COULD HIS PROBLEM BE IS IT SOMETHING IN THE HIP OR SHOULD I
BE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE. HE ALMOST SEEMS TO BE IN PAIN
AND STARTS TO SHAKE A LITTLE WHILE WORKING ON THE LEG.



From Panelsit Liz

HI,
You could have a horse that is just nervous from being trimmed to short before and has associated pain with trimming. Possibly with the one hind hoof he remembers the most pain. It could be also that he does have a sore spot somewhere in the hindquarter. I would recommend that a vet check this for you. If not then it may just take some time for your horse to have his past bad experience fade in association with being trimmed.  Trimming to close will not create your horse to founder but certainly could make bruising more of a potential because to much sole was pared out. Also being trimmed to close can make a
horse very sore for days following such a trim. Some Peruvian Paso do have a flatter sole and should be watched very carefully for trimming the sole to deep.

Elizabeth



From Panelist Stella

The problem may not necessarily be in the leg being picked up, but sometimes in the other leg, that must now do "double duty" in weightbearing; they simply are uncomfortable putting that much stress on this other leg, so be sure to check out both hind legs. It may be that he is recalling a previous negative experience in trimming the hind.

The other possibility is that the farrier is simply asking him to pick his leg up and back behind him(the horse's hip) too far, which happens frequently with Paso horses, and is difficult for many of them to balance themselves this way, so they protest, due to the discomfort and lack of secure balance for them. Their back legs/hip are built quite "under 
themselves," into a straighter back; if you watch their locomotion, the hind legs always drive forward, they do not normally "push off" behind themselves as many other breeds do. They do better if the farrier will work low and directly under their hip, rather than try to take the leg/hock out "behind" them, which many farriers are used to doing, particularly on non-gaited breeds. See if asking your farrier to change his position wont help alot...it usually does!

Stella
 

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