|Non-USA 4 year old TWH Ridden in a solid
snaffle and Tennesean Saddle in Pens and Pasture by intermediate Level
Question: My young Walker is coming along fine with his gaits but is
still learning, as am I. He is being consistently ridden 5 out of
7 days/week for approx. 1 - 3 hours (depending on the type of work) per
session. After a recent 2 hour trail ride I was grooming him and
noticed he has been nicking himself with his back toes on his front feet
just above his heels. I put bell boots on him and this seems to be
working. My question: Why is he nicking himself (especially
on one foot in particular)? Is he doing this also when turned out
to pasture? Do I need to be concerned when he's turned out?
Is it because he is young and learning his gaits? I really don't
want to square off his back hooves unless I really have to. I have
been told that he will do this at a dog-walk. Unfortunately, sometimes
he has to dog-walk (deep ditches, pleaces he's unsure of his footing, etc.)
From Panelists Lee
Sadly, what you have is a shoeing problem and not just a "gait learning"
From Panelists Robin
He is "forging". A simple solution is for the farrier to "roll" the toe on his back feet,just take off a little with the rasp. The horse is forging on one side more than the other because he is just "right-handed" naturally. Just like humans horses have a dominant side.
From Panelists Darla