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    02-19-2010, 03:51 PM
  #51
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Hip hit as I recall.. and that's right wild spot. ;) Wouldn't matter to me as a hit on the rump where the horse can see it coming isn't effective. But you could get kicked for it. ;)
     
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    02-19-2010, 04:51 PM
  #52
Foal
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
I would never tell my farrier what they can and can't do with my horse - they are the one in danger. I tell them ABOUT my horse, and what likely reactions might be, but if they think they are in danger then I expect them to do whatever they feel is necessary to be safe - Just as I would. The horses state of mind comes second to the persons safety in this instance - To me, anyway.
Hitting the horse AFTER you are out of harms way isnt protecting yourself. If a farrier has to hit a horse to keep him from getting to them that would be one thing, but hitting after they are out of harms way when the owner of the horse has already discussed not hitting the horse is unacceptable.
     
    02-19-2010, 04:54 PM
  #53
Foal
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Logically - if the horse was actually hit the way the OP describes (hard with the corner of the rasp on the bony part) I would guess the horse would end up cut on its leg and probably be lame. So most likely it was the flat part against a fleshy part.
Horse was hit on the corner of his hip, but with the flat side of the rasp, not the edge.
     
    02-20-2010, 05:11 AM
  #54
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Hitting the horse AFTER you are out of harms way isnt protecting yourself. If a farrier has to hit a horse to keep him from getting to them that would be one thing, but hitting after they are out of harms way when the owner of the horse has already discussed not hitting the horse is unacceptable.
Relax - I actually agree.

I am just saying that I would never tell a farrier what they can/can't do as it is their neck they are risking. But what seems a vengeful whack after the incident would not be ok.

I wasn't there so I don't know the full story so don't want to speculate wether the farrier was right or wrong.
     
    02-22-2010, 10:52 AM
  #55
Foal
The way I feel is that its MY horse and I am paying for a service to be done the way I want it not the way they want to do it. I always give a history to the guy that does my horses hooves and he is very patient with both me and my horses. But on the other hand before he trims a new horse I have already messed with its hooves with an old rasp of mine so I get a feel of what he/she is like. On the other hand my gelding HATES men touching his hooves so I pick them up and hand it to my guy to trim it takes longer but my horse stands nice and there are no mishaps. I correct my own animal because I don't want them to have a neg tude to the person they only see once every 6 weeks. I agree you told her not to hit she should not have struck the horse. On the other hand I do pay $35 a horse for a barefoot trim and that's high the norm here is $25 BUT I get what I pay for patient and he does it MY way. I trust him and he trusts me if I have questions I can ask him and he does the same with me its a great working relationship as it should be.
     

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