Classic and Australian Stringhalt

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It's a disturbing and distressing sight: You're backing your horse when one hind leg jerks forward and upward, nearly clipping his abdomen. It's the same every time you back your horse--this strange movement where his leg snaps up toward his belly. There's no mistaking it: Your horse has stringhalt.

A neurologic disorder, stringhalt is an involuntary, exaggerated flexion of the hock that

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