Over-Reaching

Overreaching:- Knocking any part of the foreleg with a hind toe on the same side.  A front leg is overtaken and struck by the inner edge of the hind shoe, usually on the bulb of the heel.  Sometimes the heel of the shoe may be struck and the...

The horse’s footfalls in walk, trot and canter

Gait is a general term covering a series of modes of forward sequences. The so-called main gaits, in increasing speed order are the walk, trot, canter, and gallop.  Horse gaits are the various ways in which a horse can move, either naturally or as a     result of...

What is ‘equine faulty action’?

Faulty action is defective actions during movements, which may arise for many different reasons.  Conformation defects will affect the horse's ability to move in a smooth gait because then foot falls are affected. Horse’s age is also a factor that may lead to faulty action during movement. Older horses...

How to check a horse for lameness

An effective method to do an overall lameness check on a horse is by observation, palpation and evaluation while in motion.   Observe the proportion between left and right legs and feet, between the medial and lateral of a normally symmetrical structure.   Once asymmetry is found, is it caused by...