|California 4 year old Missiouri Foxtrotter
riden in (colt bit) snaffle with swivel teardrop shanks and western saddle
in ring, pastures and trial riding by experianced Rider
Question: My trail broke 4 yr old Missiouri Foxtrotter gelding, which
I purchased 3 weeks ago, has been stumbling frequently (a front end "toe-catch"
stumble) at a dog walk and at a flat walk over uneven ground and graveley
roads. His past owner said he did this also with her on the trail.
I thought it was due to the way she was riding him (without impulsion).
However, when I ride him with leg contact and rein contact, I find he stumbles
with me too! He does'nt pick up his front feet high enough to miss
the uneven terrain on the trail. I make him pay attention to me and
not go to sleep while riding him, but I wonder how I can correct his problem
of stumbling. His feet just had a trim and shoeing to shorten his
long toes in the front that he had when I bought him, and he still stumbles.
Any advise on how to correct this problem would be appreciated. Sincerely,
From Panelist Nancy
My personal experience with this problem has convinced me that the reason
From Panelists Laura
You might try working this horse over obstacles, such as poles or cavelleti,