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    Unsoundness? Vet coming Monday

    hello, these videos are of my 4yr OTTB. He has been off the track under a year. When I first got him, I had radiographs done of his front fetlocks bc he had some visible osselets, and on radiographs he showed very small spurs in both, I believe the left was worse than the right. At the time, my vet, who I have known for years and is a sporthorse guy, was not terribly concerned. I sent him one of these videos this AM bc I see (and feel) intermittent unevenness up front, and he said he could come out on Monday. If there is an issue, I want to be proactive if there is anything that needs to be done to help the horse. Do any of you see unsoundness, or am I fretting (as I am prone to do with my personal horses)? PS he is wearing a loose chambon, but you can still see his movement. Thanks!
    https://youtu.be/vdQcxjemvEs

    https://youtu.be/LEfvYLBr2ho

    https://youtu.be/q5syT16ZUzE

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      #3
      Soundness unless extreme is difficult to observe at the canter.

      The gait of choice is the trot. 10 and 15 m circles, are very helpful in sorting out which limb is most affected.

      But yes, something is NQR, I suspect it may be LF
      Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

      Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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        #4
        Definite 'intermittent unevenness up front,' and I suspect LF as well. He looks like a very cooperative, good-natured horse. Definitely follow your gut and get him checked.

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          #5
          I actually don't see any issues with the gaits, but reluctance to follow your aids in a relaxed way. I guess I would expect that with an OTTB off the track for less than a year. Curious to know what your vet says.

          ETA: To me, this horse seems to lack balance, totally fine for an OTTB at 4 years. Your work is cut out for you, like the work is cut out for any owner of a 4 year old OTTB off the track for less than a year.
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            #6
            To my inexperienced eye, he seems uncomfortable at the trot on his front end; hard for me to say which leg. He seems to be throwing his front legs in front of him and trying to keep them as unweighted as possible, and the occasional head bobs suggest some ouchiness.

            To me (and again, not an expert), this doesn't look like lack of balance. It will be interesting to see what the vet turns up, if anything.
            "The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky

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              #7
              He is very cute! He looks a bit foot sore to me.

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                #8
                Originally posted by J-Lu View Post
                I actually don't see any issues with the gaits, but reluctance to follow your aids in a relaxed way. I guess I would expect that with an OTTB off the track for less than a year. Curious to know what your vet says.

                ETA: To me, this horse seems to lack balance, totally fine for an OTTB at 4 years. Your work is cut out for you, like the work is cut out for any owner of a 4 year old OTTB off the track for less than a year.
                I agree. I feel like it looks more like lack of balance, possibly bridle lameness. You can see her hands moving up and down as she is posting, and he reacts a bit to that, plus the head bobbing at the canter.

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                  #9
                  That arena floor sounds hard. I didn't see what I would call unsoundness, I did notice his head ( bobbing, flipping etc) and your hands are not overly quiet, but that hard footing can't help if he is sore.

                  He looks like a real nice minded young horse. I hope you can sort things out.

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                    #10
                    Just an update... my vet flexed him and lunged/long lines him and was really pleased with him and didn’t pinpoint any unsoundness. The horse tends to get tight up in his shoulders and then stop moving behind, tricking people (me) by becoming more of a leg mover. I didn’t get video, but he looked fabulous when my vet long lined him and got him stretched down and moving forward and more animatedly. And yes, I hate this footing, but I can’t really do anything about it now and I like the barn manager enough to put up with it. Finally, I’m an amateur who has done the green horse thing for years, so I’m not perfect but we normally find a way to get by

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Eventer2483 View Post
                      Just an update... my vet flexed him and lunged/long lines him and was really pleased with him and didn’t pinpoint any unsoundness. The horse tends to get tight up in his shoulders and then stop moving behind, tricking people (me) by becoming more of a leg mover. I didn’t get video, but he looked fabulous when my vet long lined him and got him stretched down and moving forward and more animatedly. And yes, I hate this footing, but I can’t really do anything about it now and I like the barn manager enough to put up with it. Finally, I’m an amateur who has done the green horse thing for years, so I’m not perfect but we normally find a way to get by
                      It's a journey! I only ever notice things people do because I do them myself its gotta be reassuring knowing he is sound though. Might take time but yall will get there! Feel free to come post on the Young Horse thread in the dressage forum, it's mainly dressage youngsters (or at least leaning towards dressage,like moi) but it's nice to see other babies as they develop.

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                        #12
                        I had a four year old who I thought was intermittently 'off' like in your video. I had two full workups done and it ended up being a balance issue like stated above.
                        We did have some chiro/body work done in addition to vamping up our fitness program and she really developed after her awkward 4 year old stage.

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