I’ve done so much research about why my horse was tripping and what caused her to fall at the canter while I was riding her. I kept coming up with nothing. No answers. The pros can’t help. Every. Single. Test done on her and still no answers.
Then today when I rode after her shoes were removed she didn’t trip and she felt confident and we had such a pleasant day. But she was only walking. Lately, at the walk, she was behaving oddly and I believe it was because she was stepping on the backs of her front shoes with her back hooves. (Sounds a little complicated, right?)
So just a few minutes ago I decided to take a look at some sites where people experienced horses that overreached and I found a conversation between people who discussed many experiences with their horses stepping on the backs of their bell boots and down they went!
My horse wears bell boots because she tends to overreach. I’ve looked at the video where she fell (YouTube “Khyssie Falls”) and when I slow it down there is a point where she makes contact - back hoof to front. Perhaps she’s simply tripping herself. Maybe she’s stepping on her bell boots and that’s all it takes to send her crashing to the ground.
I’m reluctant to take off her bell boots because I don’t want to risk injury. But maybe, just maybe, it will make all the difference in her ability to canter safely. But first, she has to learn not to make contact hoof-to-hoof.
This has been a frustrating problem but I’m stubborn if nothing else. Yesterday it was again suggested I give my horse to someone who just wants a companion for their other horses and buy another horse. But I can’t imagine finding another horse who is so much a part of my life and my heart as my Khyssie. And so we keep looking for answers.