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  1. This was very interesting to read. I wish we had access to equine cranio in this area!

    Based on my own arthritic creature, this sounds similar to how Gracie's high ringbone presented. She had been striding out even in front until I stopped riding her as consistently as I had been, and that's when the slight short striding presented. It disappears with consistent work + increased movement. Her joint supplement has been a big help too, I think. It's not a career-ending thing by any means. I hope Fetti's unevenness disappears as you start ramping up her conditioning again, whatever its cause might be.

    Interestingly, Gracie also "ropewalks" but only with her hind legs. My FL vet used to believe this type of movement was related to weak stifles (in other horses he evaluated; I didn't have Gracie yet), but my current MD vet thinks that in Gracie's case it's due to her conformation and not something to be concerned about. So it could just be Confetti's way of going. πŸ™‚

  2. Interesting! That sounds reasonably plausible: this is the first time she's had any kind of sustained not-real-work (we're going SIX MONTHS since I last kept a 25mi/wk schedule!) since I started riding her four and a half years ago. It would also explain why I haven't really noticed it – I'm not riding the first 15 minutes of our 'trail rides', so she's got time to work out any stiffness there.

    We've got four weeks to sort this one out, so fingers crossed some Real Work this month resolves things quickly! I may pick your brain on that more later – thank you, thank you.

  3. hm definitely lots of interesting food for thought there!! i *know* i ride really crookedly, and my horse has her own imbalances… and then we're probably creating all kinds of balance dependencies in each other… so maybe that unevenness is part and parcel of all the other right side stuff going on? good luck!

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