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    02-11-2012, 05:10 PM
New to shoes

I am having my gelding shod for the first time due to my farrier recommending it to help my boys feet. Due to being able to be where the land is flat, no rocks, and such I have never had him shod.

My question is what should I expect for that first time shoeing? My horse does not usually rear, buck, bite, ect with the farrier. But, he is a horse and I won't say he wouldn't under the right conditions. He is use to holding his feet up for a trim.

Any suggestions or thoughts?
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    02-11-2012, 07:19 PM
Also, I have talked to my farrier about this. I just wanted to ask for your guy's personal opinions on past experiences. This is a new farrier for my horse as my last one dropped off the face of the earth so to speak.
    02-11-2012, 09:04 PM
Is your horse getting just front shoes or hind shoes too? Some horses can get cranky about the back feet getting done when they have been standing there forever getting the front shoes on so that is something to watch out for. My horse gets 4 shoes and it can take 1.5hrs so my mare gets pretty pissed! Good luck with the shoes, hopefully they will be helpful to your horse!
    02-11-2012, 09:06 PM
Pick his feet wherever he's going to have them done, and bang on them with the hoof pick.
My horse FLIPPED when I did that. Basically that' how they're going to behave when the farrier goes to nail on the shoe. Practice with him every day!
    02-11-2012, 09:25 PM
Originally Posted by Lexiie    
Pick his feet wherever he's going to have them done, and bang on them with the hoof pick.
Ditto. Just get your horse used to having his feet banged on with the hoof pick to avoid any surprised. If he's used to standing for the trim, he should be okay otherwise. If the new farrier hot shoes, that burning smell might set him off a bit too. Maybe have some carrots on hand for distraction if he starts to get concerned.
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    02-12-2012, 01:21 AM
Thank you everyone. I have been tapping on his feet and he does not seem to mind that. I think he will be ok for the most part. The biggest concern I have is that the time frame may be too much for him. I never have him tied for that long of a time and trims don't take that long either. I am not sure if he will get cranky or what. Any ideas to help prepare for that?

He is having all four put on BTW.
    02-12-2012, 08:07 AM
Tie him there for an.extra 5 minutes then 10 then 15 ect. Whatever you and.him.will be.comfortable with. enjoyable, brush.him give.him treats, talk to him, that
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    02-12-2012, 08:20 AM
Your horse may get bored so distract him with scratches and titbits, as long as he doesn't get pushy about food and start acting up to get more out of you! Hot shoeing can alarm horses sometimes but talk to them & distract them as above and they'll soon relax. Only problem we had with Alli was that she tried to find out what the heck the farrier was doing to her feet by bending her head right round, displaying incredible balancing skillz!
    02-12-2012, 04:11 PM
Most farriers will not appreciate you giving the horse treats while he is shoeing as it tends to make their job much more difficult.
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    02-12-2012, 04:33 PM
Maybe after his feet are trimmed you can just walk down the aisle and back while your farrier get the shoes ready.

Also, after he's done I would take it slow when working your horse again. With horses I've know who are new to shoes they can be pretty tender in the beginning.

Sending positive vibes - I think everything will be fine! :)

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