SAGITTARIUS WAY walk vs trot blog

One of the biggest secrets is using the “walk vs. trot” as a diagnostic tool.

If your horse is more noticeably lame or “off” at a trot, then typically the cause of the problem is in the legs. Your veterinarian should be called first, before a chiropractor or other body worker.

For example, let’s say that your four-year-old Thoroughbred mare is “headbobbing” lame at the trot, yet looks fine at the walk. This problem is most likely in the legs and your vet should be called for a lameness exam.

If your horse, however, is more noticeably lame or “off” at the walk, instead of at the trot, the cause is usually chiropractic in nature.

In this example, let’s say that your friend’s horse looks “funky” at the walk — just awkward somehow and the left hind leg is not stepping as far forward as the right leg. Whereas at the trot there is no noticeable “funkiness”. In this case, the problem is most likely chiropractic in nature. A certified chiropractor will help best in this case.

This “walk vs. trot” rule is not 100% accurate, but it’s an excellent starting point and is correct 80-90% of the time.

If you notice that the trot seems different, do not hesitate to contact us. For more detailed information on horse lameness, book an appointment.

with love and respect,


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