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sweeney

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sweeney says:

My pony trips when cantering

Hi,

Can anyone give me advice on why my pony has started to trip whilst cantering? We were at a fun ride on Sunday and it was quite scary as he started to trip and I thought he was going to fall, but he came back. He has done it the last few times I have been out, but when he has done it before I was with friends and put it down to him not concentrating and trying to keep up with the other horses. But on Sunday we were on our own and in a very controlled canter and he still tripped

He is 19 years old. He does not trip in walk or trot.

Any suggestions.

Thanks

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Bananas

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Bananas says:

Re: My pony trips when cantering

it might be his age and he’s just getting old and i could be his feet check with your farrier that there not to long.

hope i helped :D

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sweeney

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sweeney says:

My pony trips when cantering

Thanks Bananas,

I think it is his age. He has had the same farrier for quite a few years and had no problems before.

Thanks again.

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: My pony trips when cantering

My mare has had two bad trips this year - one resulting in her being off work for just over a month with a nasty cut to her fetlock...how she missed her knees I'll never know!  She's 18 and the vet said it could be a bit of arthritis but on both occasions she slipped when walking on an uneven road so it might be nothing more than an accident.  She has Superflex which is great for joints and has certainly freed her up a bit.  She has also started to have natural balance shoes which has improved things dramatically.  Have a chat with your farrier about them as they shorten the "roll over" (I think it's called!) meaning there's less opportunity to stumble.  Are you within a sensible weight range for your pony?  (Sorry to be rude but my horse was more inclined to trip with a heavier rider!) and could your weight be a little too far forward increasing the pressure on his front legs?  Might be worth getting someone to watch or film you riding just to check that one.  I have no idea if it would have that much effect but I'm having lessons to improve my riding position which in turn influences her shape which in turn makes her less likely to trip!  The more she works correctly the less pressure there is on her forehand so we help to save her legs.  Win win!

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sweeney

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sweeney says:

My pony trips when cantering

Hi Sarah,

This is great advice. I thnk I shall try some super flex, because in all honesty I do think it is his age and he may be starting to stiffen up. No its not rude, these questions need to be asked, I am a liitle too tall for him, but not too heavy, he is  very chunky and very fit and can easy carry my weight and some one a few stone heavier, my weight could be a little too forward whilst in canter, so I shall ask my friend who I hack out with to have look and even take a film. I shall also ask the farrier as anything that helps to prevent this will make me happier.

Thanks again.

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: My pony trips when cantering

No worries!  I hope it helps!  The different shoes have really helped my horse, my daughter's Shire who was a "tripper" and another friend's horse with low level arthritis in her knees!  We all use Superflex or a vet's version of it!

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