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  1. #1
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    Oct. 26, 2006

    Default Physical cause for horse that cannot maintain canter, which gets worse off property?

    Would love to hear your success stories on how you treated a horse that struggled to stay in canter. He does better at home and struggles most when trailered off property.

    I do not think this is a training issue because I am a trainer and I have never had this problem before.

    Here are some stats/clues:

    • He is gorgeous, healthy, athletic and talented.
    • He has lower than average stamina and does best when working outside arena.
    • It sounds like ulcers, but I have treated this horse for ulcers for a full month twice, and I do give him a prevention dose of omeprazole before trailering. Also he lives outside 24-7 with friends, free choice hay and he gets alfalfa.
      I also tried Succeed for two months but it made no difference.
    • I have put him on the EPSM diet and I do feel like that made a noticeable improvement in how he goes at home.
    • He loads fine but is nervous in the trailer and sweats trembles with or without a buddy.

    Is it possible that the trailer anxiety could deplete his muscles somehow?
    Could a horse without ulcers get an acidic stomach from trailering bad enough to cause an aversion to canter?
    Any other ideas?
    Last edited by Party Doll; Nov. 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep. 28, 2001


    What is he doing...breaking stride, swapping leads behind, kicking out? What kind of footing is he working in off the property as compared to at home?

    Most of the horses I have dealt with that have had issues holding the canter have had stifle or SI issues. Footing changes (such as going to a deeper footing) might make it harder on the horse, especially if he is not as fit as he needs to be.

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