Walk in hand observation

We wanted to share with you a few different ways to regularly assess your horse’s body and locomotion. This can help to spot any asymmetry and slight lameness before they become a bigger issue.

We will highlight what to look out for whilst your horse is walking in hand. The horse should be walking in a straight line, on an even floor, at a good pace and with a loose rope. Make also sure that the hooves are picked out.

What to observe?

⭐️Looking from the back you can observe:
🔹 The Movement of the pelvis (left/right – up/down)
🔹 The abdomen moving from left to right
🔹 The tail’s carriage
🔹 The movement of each hind limb, circling in or out, lack of flexion, extension and the position of the hooves when touching the ground
🔹 Muscle asymmetry

⭐️ Looking from the side you can observe:
🔹 The movement of each limb, lack of flexion, extension, the position of the hooves when touching the ground and the amplitude of each stride
🔹 Fetlock loading
🔹 Back posture and movement
🔹 Neck and head posture and movement
🔹 The link between front limbs and head movement

⭐️ Looking from the front you can observe:
🔹 Head and neck position, more left or right, head tilted to one side
🔹 Abdomen moving from left to right
🔹 The movement of each front limb, circling out or in, lack of flexion, extension and the position of the hooves when touching the ground

These are only basic observations, you could add circles, trot or try on different types of ground but the above will give you loads of information about your horse’s body.
Having this assessment regularly can allow you to see positive or negative changes over time. Any slight asymmetry or lameness is worth getting checked out.

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