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!!
Last edited by jdw; 03-18-2011 at 12:07 AM.