Foal trimming

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    05-28-2013, 11:39 AM
Foal trimming

I have a 2wk old colt and I was wondering when I should start and how often I should trim his feet.

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    05-28-2013, 12:19 PM
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Do you mean trim them yourself? Or have it done? Have you practiced picking up his feet? Can you halter him & keep him still for awhile? I'd get him used to having his feet handled-can't go wrong with that as a first step.
    05-28-2013, 12:27 PM
I have been working with him, but he is still a little unsure. I would have a farrier do it.
    05-28-2013, 12:37 PM
As long as the foal does not have something going on with limb or hoof development that would require frequent attention (every or every other week), just do him on the same schedule as momma. Typically you just need to run a rasp around the edge or take down one side. Do him in the stall so he can support himself against the wall and leave mom with him to keep him quiet. I typically don't even bother with the hinds until they are well over 6 months.
    05-28-2013, 12:52 PM
Most of the time they won't take much to keep their feet even, foal feet tend to be pretty soft. But I would make a game of just picking up and holding his feet several times a day. That way when the farrier comes, he'll not get too upset about having his feet handled. I start having the farrier pick up babies feet and handling them when he does mom's feet right from the start. When they need their first real trim, it's generally not too traumatic for them.
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    05-28-2013, 01:04 PM
Ok thanks . I have never really dealt with a baby baby before and I don't want to miss anything.
    05-28-2013, 01:08 PM
Originally Posted by scubadreams    
Ok thanks . I have never really dealt with a baby baby before and I don't want to miss anything.
IMO, you can't handle and play with them too much. You do need to start enforcing rules and respect really early on though.
    05-29-2013, 12:30 AM
Yeah, good move to have them regularly checked & balanced from young, and of course the handling is good too. Just make sure it's good handling, as not only will this help his training, but foal's bones & joints are soft & easily damaged, so it's important not to flex/stretch legs too much or get into a fight & hang on if things don't go smoothly, from a physical point of view too.
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    05-30-2013, 02:25 PM
Thank you for everybody's help
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    05-30-2013, 03:28 PM
Agree with everyone. I work with just to get them good lifting/holding their feet, but I put this in the "if it's not broke, don't fix it" category. I'fe rarely had to actually do anything before almost a year. Just keep an eye on them and don't worry about minor cosmetic chipping.
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