What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Rough Gait at the Trot


A rough gait at the trot is often a consequence of a horse's conformation, which directly determines their way of moving. Horses with very upright limb conformation, short backs, and short upright pasterns tend to be rough-gaited at the trot.

Importantly, however, a rough gait can also be a result of an attempt to guard painful areas. Horses experiencing pain or discomfort do not always show obvious signs of lameness to the untrained eye. Instead their gait may just seem rough or uneven.

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    Contact Your Vet to Obtain Useful Advice & Resources
    • If you want your vet to assess gait and consider options for management.
    • To discuss your equine's general health and management.

your role


What To Do

Assess your horse's general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), evaluate them for obvious lameness and contact your vet with your findings and concerns.

your vet's role

Your vet will seek to rule out lameness-related causes or other physical causes. Changes to training, conditioning and riding style may also smooth out the gaits and improve the horse's performance.
Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • How long have you been riding the horse?
  • What sort of riding do you do with the horse?
  • How long have you been riding the horse?
  • Have you been riding the horse all along or are you a new rider?
  • Has the feed, management, rider, riding style, or tack changed?
  • Do you notice any lameness?

Treatments Your Vet May Recommend

A way to resolve the condition or diagnosis. Resolving the underlying cause or treating the signs of disease (symptomatic treatment)

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP