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My 4-year-old Paint gelding tends to drag his back feet when riding. He's worst about ...
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    Question Dragging feet?

    My 4-year-old Paint gelding tends to drag his back feet when riding. He's worst about it in the trot, and doesn't do it much in other gaits. Any ideas why he's doing this and what I can do to make him pick up his back feet more. He was recently shod on this front feet only, so would putting shoes on the back help, or worsen the situation? Thanks all!
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    Just a thought not to worry you, have you had his back checked? Trot is most energetic gait, if his back is slightly out this might be causing it.

    Does he do it just when riding, or still if you just run him up in halter?

    As for shoeing, did the farrier leave his toes a bit long on the back?

    I would see about the things above, check with your vet, chiropractor, farrier before having shoes on the back.

    Hope this helps, sorry lots of questions, trying to get a clearer picture.

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    Could be a physical problem,or he could be lazy. Try doing work over ground poles. Going over them will make him aware of his feet more and how he moved them.He might be weak in the back,making him not want to lift them too high. Linda Tellington has a show and on one a gelding was sore or weak in his back so he dragged his toes.She did some massage and then worked him over poles and some poles were up higher than the rest. Maybe that will help.

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    Ground poles are excellent to make a horse learn to pick up their feet. Many are just plain lazy, but some do tend to have physical problems.
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    If it is not a problem with being sore(above) and you feel that he is just picked up the habit try riding him in taller grass for a while He will have to pick up his feet with every step. Some WP horses develop this peanut roller habit from being slowed down so much.

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    I saw a case where a horse would not engage the hind end, dragging the hind toes, because of hock and stifle problems. There was mild arthritis in both. How old is the horse? This or back problems could be causing this.

    Ground poles and grass are both good things to work on. This can also be an indication of a lack of collection. Really work on teaching your horse to engage his hindquarters, driving off the hind end instead of dragging is toes and pulling himself off of his front end.
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    I think it must be laziness. He had an overall physical not long ago, and he checked out fine. Now that I think about it, he did get a little bit better after doing some ground poles in a lesson. Thanks a lot, I think I will work on that!! And no, the farrier didn't leave his toes long in back. He's probably just being the lazy 4-year-old that he is! lol, thanks, I'll update you all soon after I've worked on it for a while and see if it improves!
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