|Indiana 21 year old Tennessee Walker ridden
in hackamoor and bighorn western pleasure on trails and in round
pen by advanced Rider.
Question: Since the beginning of fall, and the leaves have fallen on
trails, she wants to side-step downhill while trail riding. It
like she is a little concern about the trails being covered with leaves
and the slipping factor. I do not have hard tack on her shoes
she is very agressive with the other horses. How can I make her
more comfortable, and stop side-stepping downhill? It's causing
concern to my husband for my safety. Thank you.
From Panelist Laura
There's a couple of things you could try which may help.
Instead of plain
keg shoes, put on rim shoes, both front & back. The rims
hold in dirt which
helps provide more traction than the plain flat shoes. You could
put on a little borium or drill-tek on just the front shoes and go
rim shoes in back.
You might also consider if she is starting to have more joint or back
her age and that she may be avoiding that pain rather than just slipping.
you think this might be the case, ask your vet for the best
treatment/supplement. If her joints are the problem, you would
want to avoid
too much traction with the shoes since that will increase the stress
joints. Since this just started with the fall of the leaves in
your area, I
suspect it is mostly due to loss of traction and would try the rim
first to see if they help. You could also try riding her in easy
boots - the
rubber can give more traction and the boots can be removed after riding.