He wasn't extending his back leg under him on the one side as he was on the other too.
Obvious signs such as these should be treated by your veterinarian immediately. Thus your horse will have difficulty bringing the leg through resulting in toe drag. Starting to horse shop and looking at sales videos.

But again the reasons for toe dragging could be any number of things. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post. • When the sore foot hits the ground, horses also tend to throw up their heads in pain. Is this a strength or forward issue? Is the arena sand too deep? Horses can have a high or low limb carriage - this is the flight path the limb takes as it progresses through the stride. Some of them are 4 or 5 year olds but some are 2nd or 3rd level. However, subtle signs of lameness such as short striding, intermittent lameness, or perhaps lame only in one direction can be very frustrating to deal with.


Low limb carriage, which can cause dragging of the toe, can be due to low heel, long toe foot conformation. A horse with a problem will often distribute more weight to the diagonal front or back leg. Compare the two hind limbs carefully, looking for swelling or other abnormalities. This results in a beveled, square and polished appearance to the front of the hoof wall. The horse will try to shift his weight off of his sore hind end by using the considerable counter-weight of his head and neck.

With some hind leg lameness, you might also see a head nod. My horse has this and his symptoms were the same. Horses drag their hind feet for many reasons, but the main influences are the rider, the horse's conformation or shoeing problems. Toe dragging can be caused by stifle problems as well as spavin and the horse may be reluctant to flex its legs sufficiently to clear the ground as it swings through the stride which will scuff the toes.

After comparing left to right in both the front and back, compare the diagonal legs. Some horses simply don't have a quick hind leg and they drag their hind toes all the time, and aren't lame or hurting. When a horse chronically drags its hind hooves from whatever cause, the toe of the hoof is quickly worn off. • Hind leg lameness may also cause the horse to lean towards the healthier side. Hind leg lameness can be exceedingly difficult to assess, or he might actually be sound. This thread is more than 90 days old.

It cleared up a week later.

• A horse may exhibit a minor hitch in his stride or be reluctant to place any weight on one foot. Two weeks ago a miniature pony came up lame in the back hind where I board my pony. So many horses drag their hind toes. Or is it some kind of lameness issue? The toe dragging was a bit of a give away as to was the 'worse in trot than walk' and none flexion of the hock. That eliminates the joints of the hind leg and pelvis as a cause of your horse’s lameness. Assess your horse's general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), and look at their limbs for swelling or other abnormality. You may also see or hear the hind hooves being dragged as the horse moves. Now today my pony is dragging his hind leg and it stiffens up like he can't bend it. He could walk on it but every few steps it would stiffin up and he would end up dragging his hoof. Hind Hooves, Toes Worn Off or Toe Dragging. • Sudden hind leg lameness in horses results in an uneven gait. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. When the sacroiliac joint is locked in a downward position it makes the hind leg on that side act as though it was longer than the opposite side.

Hind-leg shaking in horses may be caused by conditions ranging from cold temperatures to serious conditions needing immediate veterinary attention, like equinemMotor neuron disease, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, fibrotic myopathy, stiff-horse syndrome and equine polysaccharide storage myopathy. Look carefully at the limbs from the side as the horse walks.

For example, a horse with pain in the left front may drop his ankle more in the right front and the right hind.

If forced to do so, a horse not using the vertebral column properly will deeply engage the hind leg underneath himself furthering the …