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post #1 of 5 Old 04-22-2012, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Best friend& her family know nothing about horses!

My best friend's sister has had horses all her life, but when she went off to college the horse moved in with my best friend and her family. They know the very basics, feeding, fencing. But are absolutely clueless when it comes to everything else. They believe ANYTHING a 'horse person' tells them(GULLIBLE!) I have been bugging them to get their mares hooves done for months and finally she got them done today. I called to ask if she had gotten her hooves done and my best friend (who I love dearly) replies" Yep, and the farrier said she won't need them done for a year! Isn't that great!" I tried to tell her she needs them done every 8 weeks and she wouldn't listen to a thing I said. This horse only gets ridden about once every two weeks, when I have time to go exercise her so her hooves don't get worn down at all. How do I get them to understand that she needs them dont every 8 weeks without offending them?

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-22-2012, 10:11 PM
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Show them pictures of what happens when they grow fr a year. Tall in horse-lingo to sound like you know what you're talking about. Hope you can help this poor horse:)

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-22-2012, 10:12 PM
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The simple answer is that *you* do not -- your best friend's sister, the horse's owner, needs to communicate directly with her family about the care and keeping of her horse (honestly, a responsible horse owner would have had that conversation - explaining all of the required basic care, including farrier work - before placing her horse in their care, family or not.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-22-2012, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Sister comes home about twice a year, and when she does she doesn't even ride the poor horse. She used to be horse crazy, and loved them before she went to college. Now she is 22 and wild. I am pretty much babysitting these people as far as the horse goes. As in "No, you can not feed her 2 flakes of grass hay in the winter with nothing else." We have really hard winters.. this horse is a 1,200 pound QH... they seriously almost were talked into putting her on TWO flakes of pure grass in the middle of winter. XJumperX the picture thing is a really great idea :)

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-22-2012, 10:54 PM
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Does the horse's owner still care about him? If so, have your best friend tell her sister that she isn't going to be doing her horse's hooves again for a year. She should flip out.

If she doesn't care about the horse anymore, then maybe you should be working on convincing them to sell her. It doesn't sound like your friend or her family have any intention of riding her.
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