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Kristen_Mag
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 Posted: Mon Nov 7th, 2011 05:28 pm
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Dr. Deb,
I have a 4 year old Arab gelding who seems to be "over-tracking" or tracking up beyond normal. By this I mean his hind foot does not only track up into the front footprint, but beyond the front foot print by a significant amount. He does not overreach or clip himself which I find to be odd. What does this mean and how is affecting him other than having a huge hind stride? He has nice big gaits and travels beautifully, but those hind legs swing under so much more than normal.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 8th, 2011 01:20 am
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Kristen, I think you're concern here is rather misplaced. There are plenty of people who wish their horse would show a larger hind step.

What I will tell you is the same thing that I tell the people who think their horse is taking too small of a hind step, rather than too large: you just accept what the horse gives in this area without trying to change it.

This is particularly true given that you report your horse is not having lameness, injury, or performance issues. Try not to listen to what other people at your stable may be telling you, Kristen; I think you might have been influenced to ask this question by something you overheard somebody else say. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Tue Nov 8th, 2011 02:43 am
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Yes, in fact someone pointed it out when I went to look at him before buying him, but I didn't see it an issue because he was not interfering with himself. It has then been brought up again multiple times since then, however my views on him haven't changed. He is still a great horse in my eyes with lots of potential, hopefully it will come in handy when we get more into endurance within the next couple of years =) Thank you!

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 Posted: Tue Nov 8th, 2011 03:49 am
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Kristen, I want you to please re-read our correspondence here and see if you can hear how you are allowing what other people say to influence your feelings about your horse. Specifically, when people are too much in love with their horse, when anyone says anything about their horse, then they are likely to respond by saying "....no matter what person X said about my horse, I still feel he's a great horse."

OF COURSE he's a great horse, Kristen: he's your horse. Everybody's horse is "great" in the eyes of the person who has paid money to buy the animal. There's nothing wrong with feeling like that.

However, I'd really like to encourage you to put your mind and thoughts on something more productive than this person's opinion or observations, or that person's. Neither do I want you, really, to come here for the purpose of having me ("the authority from on high") confirm to you that your horse is OK, average, perfectly normal.

If you knew just a little bit more about horses, Kristen, you would know the answer yourself and then you would not need to come to me for this type of concern. I hope you realize that your own public library will have numerous books on horses and horse-keeping, and you should go find the best of these and read them cover to cover, learning everything you possibly can.

You can also go to our "Knowledge Base" section and click on the button that says "What Books Should I Read?" and find one or more that are of interest to you, and then seek them out or have your public librarian or even your school librarian help you find those books so that you can also study those cover to cover.

A person who wants to be a great rider must also be a great reader. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Tue Nov 8th, 2011 11:01 am
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I most definately will read. Thank you for your time and references.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2011 01:30 am
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Of course, everything that DD told you is quite true and useful.  Let me add agreement to what she said that lots of people would like to have that "problem," of a horse that really strides out.   Meanwhile, while I can't speak with as much knowledge of other breeds, I've seen hundreds of Arabians and ridden more than I can recall.  While it is not universal, it is fairly common in the breed.


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