Rope Walking

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  1. Mcdreamer

    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    Does anyone have any experience with horses that rope walk? Henry does. Did a full blood workup and no signs of pssm which is a relief. I think it stems from poor farrier care (he's only 6 or 7 and hasn't had the best hoof care) and he often stands way under himself.

    I only plan to do trails with him. Right now he's barefoot and doing really well--trying to rehab his front feet--one is a club foot/dish foot. I don't think there is much to do at this point but I'm curious as to what other people's experience is with tight rope walking.
     
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    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    By rope-walking do you mean he puts both front feet on one line of travel?

    As long as he is stable it is usually not a problem.

    If a horse started suddenly doing this and was also showing other symptoms, that would be different. If he was wobbly or unstable, lame, taking uneven strides, showing difficulty keeping his legs under him and staying balanced on sharper turns, then I would be concerned.

    In and of itself, especially 'he's always done that,' would generally not be a sign for concern.
     
  4. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    His feet don't look that terrible from the pic.

    Rope walking in the front or back? With some horses it's confirmation, in others it can be from muscle tightness, saddle fit, back pain - there are so many reasons. Have you ruled out back pain or muscle tightness at all? Does he do it in tack & without? - with a rider or without?
     
  5. Mcdreamer

    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    I'm glad his feet don't look terrible--since it's been 2.5 years since I inherited his ugly feet! Means progress!

    He rope walks on all four feet. The vet checked him for muscle pain, back pain. Had a chiropractor out. Had massage work (he really didn't seem to like that but is hard to distinguish between horses that just don't like unfamiliar people touching them (he's big on that) or if it's a pain response. I've felt him up and down too and his muscles are all nice and soft and supple and I have yet to find a pain response.

    He's a very awkward guy, bless his heart. His conformation isn't the most spectactular but I've seen worse. He's very little. Very narrow and very short backed. His gait is much more animated than Oliver who is very wide and has really nice conformation. Might just be the way Henry moves?

    These obviously aren't conformation shots but you can see how he doesn't always stand as "nicely" as he could and his narrowness.
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    You say he's very narrow, well there ya go. That and imbalanced hooves, club feet make for imbalance as one foot is mechanically built on a different angle than the rest, and you get abnormalities in gait.

    You can't get perfect balance when one aspect is out of sync with the rest. This is why your car tires have to have little weights put on the rim to put them all in perfect balance. Otherwise, you'd kinda wobble down the road~!!

    He's sound right? So, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    He's sound. Thank goodness.
    The rope walking doesn't bother me much--wanted to rule out some of the scarier things first. I'm hoping with continued good farrier care he will be at his best but never perfect.
     
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    Can you post a video of him walking?
     
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    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    I’ll try to get one tomorrow—supposed to be 50 degrees!!
     
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    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    What are posts without pictures?

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