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post #1 of 15 Old 03-13-2013, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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with a good fairrer how long should it take to get her hooves correct and should i use shoes to help? she wont let me pick up her back so no picks there..
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-13-2013, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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she is not willing to hold her feet to let me pick them clean
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-13-2013, 10:37 PM
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You will have to work with her to get her picking up her feet and letting you clean them before you have a farrier out. I always made sure my horses were good about picking up their feet and holding them up before i had the farrier work on them. First trim should make a big driffrence but will take time to fix all issues. Iv seen worse feet then hers.
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Looks like a ton of false sole and possible sulcus thrush depending on if that is really a crack in the heel bulb. If you can stick a hoof pick in that crack, you have a problem that needs to be corrected besides a good trim. To answer your original question, a good trimmer can make your horse instantly more comfortable depending on how far off the hooves are. Worst case scenario, it takes a few cycles and either some temporary shoes or hoof boots to get the job done.

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post #5 of 15 Old 03-14-2013, 10:24 PM
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How well will she be trained by the time you get the farrier? How often are you going to get the farrier? Are you going to get a bodyworker(as well as chiro if necc.) to work with her? How are you going to manage her? How good's the farrier? How's her diet & nutrition? Are you going to be using boots, frog supports, riding much.... As you can see, there are a few too many factors to give you even a rough time frame sorry.
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Well, no telling how long, but one thing is for sure - the sooner you begin, the sooner her hooves will reach their full potential. No matter what, that will require that you start training her to be polite when you handle her feet. I wouldn't wait until she is trained to get a farrier out, though. I would start farrier shopping asap, tell them she may be difficult and why and ask if they can ace her (no point in a struggle, IMO).

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I wouldn't wait until she is trained to get a farrier out, though. I would start farrier shopping asap, tell them she may be difficult and why and ask if they can ace her (no point in a struggle, IMO).
I agree that I wouldn't *necessarily* wait to get a farrier, although there are many that I wouldn't let within cooee of a 'green' horse & would be very cautious about my choice because of their behaviour(the farrier, that is, not the horse) & there are many who aren't interested/capable of working with the great untrained. & then it also comes down to paying for a farrier when you aren't likely to be up to getting a good job done. Not at all against a bit of Ace or such if it will calm them down, but I wouldn't use it to force the issue(unless there were desperate probs needing urgent attention) - the farrier still needs to take their time & make it a positive experience.
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FIRST IT IS BECAUSE OF A fairrer, she wont pick her feet up the man that claimes to be the local fairrer is a cheep skate. The person i got the mare from told me how he did her feet then.. he used a rope choking her to the ground then while she was down tide her feet together and trimmed them. I didnt belive it untill i had him come out to do another mare, she did good untill he got to her last foot, she danced and just puled her foot away so instetly ge grabed a rope and tide her foot up witch made things alot worse. I have talked to a fairrer 80 miles away and will be hauling her there, she has seen the picks told what i just told you and is also going to make sure she is in alinement, so wish her luck..
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Oh so if your only choice of a GOOD farrier is 80 miles away, you probably want her well trained beforehand, because it's probably a bit much to have him give your horse some regular lessons So along with basic hoof-giving skills, given her experience, can you find a Man With Tools that has reasonable handling skills - or will at least follow your instruction - to help teach her that all Men With Tools aren't bad news?
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My Morgan had a bad trim from a horrid farrier (before I bought her from my boss). From then on you could not touch her rear feet and a man could not touch her legs period.

It took 3 months of working with her regularly before I could handle her rear feet and another month of working with the barn owner so he could. I found a good farrier willing to work with us. He came in one day and loved on her a whole lot and worked to be able to rub her legs.

When he came for the trim we had her mildly sedated so she was still aware of what was going on but not caring so much. She gave a couple small pulls of her feet and gave up and cooperated. It was a positive experience that she remembered so the 2nd trim was fine. Just a verbal reminder to behave.

After the 3rd trim her feet were back to normal and she'd learned plenty of manners in the process.

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