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post #1 of 27 Old 03-17-2011, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Boxy hooves - before and after shots

Today was the first time I've had the farrier out scince I've owned Candy. Sure enough, she had to be difficult - although the farrier wasn't helping, slamming his tools down and spooking the crap out of her.

She was so flustered that she tried to kick him, so what does he do? Smacks her on the arse with his rasp and she comes flying forward SMOOSHING my foot into the ground (I'm not even wearing boots) garrrghh it hurt .

ANYWAY, despite this he did a nice job of shaping up her hooves - they have always been slightly boxy and her feet are quite dainty for her size.

Notice the lump on her right foreleg? What is this? It came about about 4-6 weeks ago and its extremely hard. I think it has gotten slightly larger, although I can't be sure. It hasn't seemed to bother her - she doesn't do anything when I touch it or anything. She's not lame. Any ideas?

She's also had a large crack in her back right hoof for sometime - he cleaned it him nicely today though.

So what do you think?
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post #3 of 27 Old 03-17-2011, 11:31 PM
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I'm not expert but I think he did a pretty good job. But considering how he did it I think you should definately go into getting another ferrier. If you hurt anything in your foot bad I'd definatly pressing charges or something. A job like that is just not acceptable. If it were me I would not have paid full price at least.

But next time you have a ferrier come out you should work with your horse to make sure she'll cooperate. And it wouldn't hurt to excersize her a bit before-hand to tire her out so she'll stand there. But the ferrier could have easily handled that situation alot better than they did. My friend's dad smacked her horse in the butt when he was trimming his hooves. The rasp left a welt on the horse's butt with hairs that spin around in all diferent directions now. I would never let someone treat my horse like that, even if my horse was acting up. But if someone was making it worse I'd just tell them to stop.

I have no idea what that lump is, but you might want to have a vet come out and look at it.
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post #4 of 27 Old 03-17-2011, 11:40 PM
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Sometimes a horse has to be TOLD to behave though. I'm not sure exactly what the situation was like... My farrier has done something very similar when my mare tried to get pissy with him, he smacked her on the rump with the rasp After he gave her a warning, but she tried it again and was perfect after he gave her a small welt! I'm really sorry you got stepped on though! That looks ouchy! :( Wear boots and ask him to warn you next time... Her hooves look really good now too!

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post #5 of 27 Old 03-18-2011, 12:00 AM
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OUCH the foot!! My ferrier has 'corrected' my horse, too. Never has he left a welt~mostly with his tone of voice and smacked him on the side with his hand. He straightened right up. He always gets fidgety but I have had the same ferrier as long as I've had this horse so they have gotten to know each other. Now my ferrier knows he won't act up too much and voice correction will usually do the trick. My horse knows the ferrier will start with voice correction and if he doesnt straighten up the smack down will come. Funny how they remember each other! You and your ferrier have to have some of the same ideas about discipline. The day my ferrier smacked my horse, upon finishing he said he hoped I was okay with what he did. We talked about it and its all been good. His feet look great, but you gotta add that foot (yours) into that equation! My horse had a knot come up on his left shoulder that was hard. It got bigger, so I called my vet. He said bring him in because it sounded like a tumor. Turns out it was most likely caused by a horsefly bite (sounds crazy, I know) that became infected and formed a tumor. The vet cut it out, stitched it up and no more problems. I never saw anything that looked like a wound of any kind. Who knows what it could be, but you might want to check for your own peace of mind. My vet said it could have been cancerous, but turned out not. Good Luck!!

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The only thing I can think of for her leg might be that she just kicked herself awkwardly and it's just a calcium build up. I'm probably wrong because things like that are usually lower on the leg.

But ow ow ow ow your foot! I thought mine was bad when one of the mares at my barn stood on my foot with a good portion of her weight. I was wearing snowboots and a couple pairs of thicks socks and I was left with a bruise that took up half my foot. It's still sore, but I'm fine. I would make sure your foot isn't broken or anything.

And I agree: Your farrier was pretty rude. Most of the time a quite "HEYYY!" will stop a horse from acting up during a farrier visit, he shouldn't have hit her. I would have been quite angry if my farrier did that to my mare.
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ouuucccccchhhhh. That hurt! Two and half weeks ago I was rasping Sarge's feet when his toe came down HARD on my toes. AAAAACCCCKK. I thought mine would look like yours but they were just skinned up and a bruised look. Yours looks pretty bad. So sorry!

I am sure he didn't think your horse would step on you but cognizant of where other are that are holding the horse!

Hope those toes get better soon.

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post #8 of 27 Old 03-18-2011, 09:21 AM
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Ouch on your foot!

This is why you have to be very careful where you stand while you are holding your horse for the farrier...

I have a barely 5 year old and she often gets impatient while having to stand for long periods of time. Keep in mind that you have a purpose while you are holding the horse, not just to stand there with a lead rope in your hand. There is a lot you can do to help the farrier by keeping the horse straight, etc. You have to always pay attention...I can usually tell when a reprimand is about to come.
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her heels still seem really long. do you have a better conformation shot of her whole leg from the side?

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Hmmm, kinda looks like she may have popped a splint, is she ouchy at all?
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