Laying on the farrier

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  • My mare is stretching and groaning
  • Farrier back yoga

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    10-10-2012, 09:32 PM
Laying on the farrier

My mare is 4 years old and has been off the track for about a year. Since I've had her (2.5 months), she has had the weirdest habit of stretching ALL the time- usually once each time I see her. She bows like a dog if I stretch her legs out after tacking up, or just whenever she feels like it. She never does it when I'm picking her feet or riding or in a dangerous place like that- just if I'm getting the saddle or putting on my helmet...I think she is going to lay down, but her hind legs always stay upright. Whenever the farrier comes, she always does this- up to 10 times in just a trim. It's like she is going to lay on him, but she is just stretching. Our farrier is AWESOME, so he just laughs it off, but I'm starting to think this is a bad habit.

Why would she do it more when she sees the farrier? Has anyone ever experienced this? Could this be like cribbing where she gets a really good feeling from stretching, so she keeps doing it? Should I just laugh it off, or is there a way to stop it? I've tried a smack on the belly and a firm voice, but I'm not there every time she does it and I usually just get a grumpy look from her, but she keeps stretching.
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    10-10-2012, 09:41 PM
One of my older mares always stretches when the farrier comes. She only does it once though with each front. When he picks up her fronts and goes forward for the jack she sits back, groans and licks her lips. It's pretty amusing. After the first couple of times he trimmed her he stopped putting the jack in front of her until she was done stretching. He jokingly tells me that he should charge me more for her yoga session.
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    10-10-2012, 09:49 PM
We've tried keeping the flies off of her, giving her breaks- anything and everything. She just leans back and chills on her hind legs for a while and then gets back up. I've never seen anything like it before...
    10-10-2012, 09:55 PM
Are you holding her or is she in cross-ties? My arab would stretch dog style but never when being handled. Try holding her halter and making her come back up. You may need to put a chain over her nose for a little reinforcement. Don't yank on it just a light pull. It's her job to stand for the farrier, not practise yoga.
    10-10-2012, 09:59 PM
She's in cross ties. I'll try holding her, but I'm not sure a chain shank will work. Whenever she has one on, she acts like she is being walked around before a race and her veins pop out and she gets excited. We're working on it, but still not quite ready for the farrier :) Usually we will pull on her (she pulls right back and goes further down) or smack her belly (no reaction at all). As you can tell- she's stubborn and thinks she is a princess :)
    10-10-2012, 10:02 PM
Just of note. Because she's off the track, she may have a habit of doing this. We used to stretch the horses front legs all the time after girthng, as we girthed fairly tight. Each time you saddle, she probably stretches because it feels nice. And when the farrier picks her feet up, (especially when he brings them forward onto his knee) she probably expects a nice stretch.....just a shot in the dark there
    10-11-2012, 11:59 AM
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My horse was taught to stretch like that as a trick. He's never done it on command for me, but occasionally does it on the cross ties or if he sees me coming towards him with carrots

Maybe try giving her a good stretching session right before the farrier starts?
    10-11-2012, 12:02 PM
^That's what I would try too. If she does it multiple times, I would want to stop it. My old lady (she's 25) is a once & done thing, my farrier doesn't mind at all (he would tell me if he did) but if he did, I would put a stop to it.

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