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    01-23-2014, 05:50 PM
I am going to try to do them my self. She trust me I always talk to her softly. When I first got her she tried to kick me I was afraid of her. Thank you for the advice.
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    01-23-2014, 06:27 PM
Well I went out there and even took the rasp to her front feet and she was fine with every thing didn't even try to take her foot back. I need to get nippers she has so much toe that needs to come off.
    01-23-2014, 06:41 PM
Maybe the old negligent owner was drugged himself...
    01-23-2014, 06:52 PM
Now I do not know what to believe with this horse. The guy I got her from had her for 2 years she had one foal with him and pregnant now. She came to him on a trade so what he is telling me was from the owner before him. They had her at a show barn and was showing her. Until one day they could not put the bridle on her. Not sure what they did to her for her not to want a bridle on her. It take a few minutes for me to put a halter on and if I move too fast she get nervous. She still lets me put it on her. Now I am wondering what else I can do with her that I was told I can't. Maybe one day I can ride her. :)
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    01-23-2014, 07:42 PM
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Just test everything out yourself and forget what they said, but for safety reasons assume she doesn't know (aka don't just hop on her in a halter) and go slow.

No harm in doing her feet yourself but if you don't have any farrier training please don't take the nippers to them! Either make sure you know what you're doing or if not 100% make sure you have a competent farrier. Even if you do have a basic idea it's good to have a farrier check them every now and then anyways to make sure you are on the right track; and if they haven't been touched in awhile then I would make a point of having a good farrier out to do a good trim and start them rehabbing.

It won't hurt for you to rasp them a little bit and smooth down the edges- to touch them up while waiting for a farrier or in between visits, but please don't start "hacking away" at them (no nippers!) It's not like your fingernail, the animals whole structure rests on their hooves and there are bones inside. You can cripple the animal if you don't do stuff right.

Sorry if I misunderstood you - if you are knowledgeable or eager to learn and do it yourself (correctly and with guidance!) go for it. I'm just getting the impression you have never done this before and decided it would be easier to just do it yourself.
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    01-23-2014, 07:46 PM
Did you get a vet check on her? Is there any underlying back/lameness issue that might have deemed her unridable? Have you had her teeth done? Perhaps she was just 'sour' from bad handling or such, which may mean she just needs good handling & training to get her over it.
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    01-23-2014, 09:15 PM
I will for sure go slow with the help of me trainer. I do know how to trim my farrier taught me years ago but I am going to have him trim her good next week. I am just going to keep them rasped.

Loosie she is not lame they but I will have her mouth looked at by my vet. I think it might have been bad training or ridding.
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    01-24-2014, 08:44 AM
If her feet are that bad, there's a good chance her teeth have never been attended to either. If you restart this mare you will likely plug some holes in her training and forget about what you've been told.
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    01-24-2014, 12:41 PM
Here are some pics of her feet. I took them while she was eating. After I get the farrier out I will take more pics of her feet.
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    01-24-2014, 12:58 PM
Ive seen a LOT worse than those!!! Just trim them the least amount as possible and start working some conditioner into her hooves and that shouldnt bother her at all....dont try to do it all at one time that's not the way to do it. You're definitely going to have to baby them awhile but you can get them back in shape in time!!! Don't get frustrated with them and keep them trimmed and conditioned and they will come back just fine.. good luck!

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