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  • Gene ovacek

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    10-28-2010, 07:42 PM
That's so awesome he's a family friend!
I like the oldschool horsemen. Not necessarily all of their training methods, but the whole 'get in there and don't *****foot around' appeals to me a lot. Newage trainers I've spoken to just seem to want to take it as slow as possible. IDK. Might just be the people I've spoken to.
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    10-28-2010, 07:46 PM
LOL, I know, right? There is a place for taking all the time in the world but there does come a time to step up and get a bit dirty.
    10-28-2010, 07:53 PM
I just started reading your blog and the first thing I saw was the one about 'sneaking' rides on the young horses. I bought Amir last year after he was just broken. He was not going to be a good match for the 12 year old girl. The kid is a good rider, but not confident enough to actually ride the horse like he needed.
When I went to look at him, she got on him for a bit of a 'demo' and just walked him around the arena and stopped him every few steps. Got about 3 or 4 strides of trot out of him because he was being 'difficult' and she was nervous so she just let him do whatever.
I got on him and had him riding perfectly fine, w/t/c. Not going to let him get away with not working. That drives me insane. If you want a horse as a pet, get an old broken down nag that was going to be killed and have it as a pet. Don't get a perfectly useable horse to faff about with.
Lol I'm going to stop ranting now
    10-28-2010, 10:09 PM
As to the frog and bar trimming, there are differing views on doing so. My trimmer doesn't do either unless they are glaringly overgrown. She doesn't do that dirt line clean out either. So, do study the different barefoot methods.. Pete Ramey, Gene Ovacek(sp), etc.. I can't think of their names right now.. Oh and yes you can certainly just rasp when you do it often enough. Not as hard on you and keeps the horse in balance. :)
    10-28-2010, 10:11 PM
Originally Posted by mramsay    
If hs feed are trimmed up well, is it possible to justa saty on the with a wrasp--say every ten-14 days to keep up with it, or should you actually wait and clip away?
I do our mares with just a rasp every three weeks. At least for me, it's a lot easier to keep up with it rather than wait and have to use nippers. This time of year when the growing is slowing down it goes very fast and most of the work is just cleaning them up and rolling over the toe.

Also with trimming the frog area--is there a better was of maintinging instead of using a knife?
If your horse has healthy feet you can put away the hoof knife and just leave the sole and frog alone. Everything will wear fine all by itself on a barefoot horse.

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