| South Carolina 10 year old welsh/quarter/?
ridden in a broken pelham and western, english saddles in pasture,
trails, arena, paddocks by intermediate rider.
Question: Hi! My welsh/qh/? has a gaited flat foot walk that is wonderful.
The problem is not with his gait but with his aversion to being touched
on the sides with legs. Children can
From Panelist Liz
Possibly start in a small area to start with and do not progress to
any rider that may bring this out in the horse. Nice calm educated people
that can bring the horse back under control. It will take a lot of time
for this horse to get through this but it can be done with
From Panelist Theresa
It sounds to me like there may be a physical situation going on that a small child is not triggering.
With his background I would evaluate EPSM or Chiropractic possibilities.
Do his hindquarters seem to appear fatty and his stride seem to short and choppy? If this is the case, is he eating COB or a high starch diet? Horses with the fatty HQ, who are unable to extend their rear leg function, often (not always) have a condition called EPSM (not confused with EPM). EPSM (Equine Pollysaccharide Storage Myopathy)which is the inability of the body to break down starches, causes toxins to sit in the muscles especially when the horse exerts. The horses tend to be hypersensitive especially when being worked hard, and tend to jig to prevent full HQ extension therefore alleviating pain. This is easily fixed (although it takes about 5-9 months to be complete) with a diet change. The diet needs to be a low starch diet, and we will add Purina 12:12 (horse) to the diet.
The other possibility I would wonder about would be that chiropractically something is awry. This can be examined and treated by a chiropractic veterinarian in your area usually with good results.
I hope this is helpful.
From Panelist Carol
My suggestion is that you completely re-start your horse. There are several systems out there that are good for all kinds of problems. My favorite is the Parelli Natural Horse-man-ship, but others are good too. This program starts out with you tossing your lead rope auound the horse's flanks and that is where I would start, with ground work that de-sensitizes the flank area. Then you need to be able to break up the "go-go" with lateral flexion and control of the hind quarters.
I can't give you all the information you need, but do go investigate a good natural horsemanship system. Some key people to look up on the net are Pat Parelli, John Lyons, ga-wa-ni pony boy and possible others.
Carol Camp Tosh
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