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what age should a horse first see a farrier?

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    09-23-2013, 06:40 PM
Another tip - find a good farrier lol. Ours is great - he was there right through the last 6 months of Foxys pregnancy and his advice was invaluable. I'm lucky in that one phone call and he's there! He gave us advice right from the start on handling our foal and "practicing" ready for when he came - advising us to let him watch his mum having her feet done right from the beginning (which he did). So trust is a big one in any farrier - after all, they're taking care of probably the most important part of your horse............
Our farrier also has a young foal - and he's impressed with the behaviour of ours who's an angel compared to the tantrums his throws (his words not mine haha) - so a confident farrier who's used to handling foals/youngsters is a plus as they'll be ready for any little tricks (such as the hopping about on 3 legs) that they may pull :) And as above - your farrier will appreciate honesty rather than trying to handle a foal that is presented as "perfect to pick up" when in reality it doesn't know what on earth is happening. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress :)
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