Farrier vs. Baby? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 03-02-2009, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 208
• Horses: 0
Farrier vs. Baby?

I noticed my boys little hooves are starting to grow out.
But, since he is 8 months old, how do I go about having his feet done?

We are still learning this whole "I pick up my feet for Mom" thing. So how on earth would the Farrier fare in this situation?

Thank you!
NoFear526 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 03-02-2009, 01:31 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 22,258
• Horses: 0
Most good farriers should have experience with the young'uns and know what to do. Go ahead and contact your farrier and just tell him the situation that you have a foal that needs some foot work and he does not pick up his feet perfectly yet. Lots of them can work with a horse to get them comfortable and confident having their feet messed with. Most good farriers are trainers too. (as far as messing with their feet goes)
smrobs is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 03-02-2009, 09:08 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Kansas, USA
Posts: 749
• Horses: 7
Don't worry about the farrier. =) He/she would most likely rather mess with a squirrely 8 month old than a 2 year old that stands perfect but now has a myriad of problems to fix. You might be suprised at how well a foal will do for a farrier even if they aren't so great for you (we just get really good at convincing horses that we aren't so bad-it's our JOB!). If you ever have another foal, you should consider having it trimmed from a couple of weeks after birth on, as most farriers will work with you on prices, and that's the BEST time for ensuring future soundness by preventing funky leg angles and excess growth, plus, the foal accepts it as just another part of life and is much less likely to object.
barefoothooves is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 03-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: idaho
Posts: 374
• Horses: 3
personally i would wait tell hes comfortable picking up his feet for you cause it isnt the farriers job to train your horse really if hes pretty good they may not mind handling it but i know the farrier at our barn charges more for the more difficult the horse is and i can understand y as i do my horses feet and its alot of work that these guys make look so darn easy but it wouldnt hurt to ask your farrier how he feels about it either he may not mind at all alittle trim wouldnt hurt the baby

The daughter who won't lift a finger in the house is the same child who cycles madly off in the pouring rain to spend all morning mucking out a stable. ~Samantha Armstrong
Rebelappy is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 03-02-2009, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 208
• Horses: 0
Thank you very much for all the wonderful advice. I feel a lot more comfortable with the experience now. I will have to talk to my Farrier.

I definitely would have worked with him more, and even had his feet trimmed when he was younger, if I had owned him. Unfortunately, I just bought him about a month ago and although she imprinted him at birth and messed a lot with his feet then, she didn't do much after that with them. So now it is like starting all over. He is a very well behaved young man, he is very much a sweetheart. He just gets nervous.


Thank you!
NoFear526 is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 03-03-2009, 07:53 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
Just tell your farrier upfront what the problem is and get his opinion. I got a yearling, which wasn't handled at all (no hoofs picking for sure). My farrier gave it a shot (I was honest telling him that she may not be easy to do). We kept her occupied with grain during the process, but he did her.
kitten_Val is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tattooed Farrier? mikefunk Horse Talk 21 02-02-2009 03:29 PM
Farrier business name?? Lil Shortie17 Horse Talk 5 10-24-2008 01:41 PM
Do you tip your farrier? amigo82 Horse Talk 6 09-14-2008 01:38 AM
Do you Tip your Farrier? Equina Horse Health 23 05-11-2008 07:30 PM
Things not to say to your Farrier kim_angel Horse Talk 3 03-20-2008 01:32 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome