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  • Quietex for farrier
  • Is quietex a tranquilizer

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    11-14-2006, 11:17 PM

I have a 4 year old Paint Gelding who is very difficult to shoe. He kickes his feet away from the farrier so much that he can hardly get one nail in before my horse messes him up. I'm doing my best to work with him on it, and we've tried twitching him, putting a chain under his top lip, covering his ears, covering his eyes, and nothing seems to work for very long. The only time he cooperates is when he wears himself out by fighting so much.

I was told that Quietex may help him calm down a bit so the farrier can get his job done.

Has anyone used Quietex for farrier work before? Does it help? I'm getting desperate! I need to find something that will help my farrier get his job done!
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    11-15-2006, 11:06 PM

Sorry your boy is so fussy with the farrier. It's really hard when you have one sensitive with their feet like that. Unfortunately, the Quietex probably won't do much. Though it would affect different horses differently, I really don't think it will do enough to help with the issue. I have a mare that is real fussy about her feet being clipped with the clippers before a show and can get downright dangerous. I had tried the Quietex only for it do do absolutely nothing. I even had to ace her once it was so bad and that didn't even help. She eventually has gotten better with the issue but still sensitive.
Probably the best thing to do would be to really mess with his feet and tap on them as if you were shoeing to get him acting better for your farrier. Use a hammer and gently tap to get him use to the tapping. It's not fair for your farrier to have to deal with him kicking a lot like that. You may have to do a lot of messing with his feet to get him to respect the farrier.
    11-20-2006, 11:19 AM
Been there!

While Quietex may help calm an over anxious horse, it's definitely not a tranquilizer. It's kind of like when you go to the dentist to get a cavity filled: first they dab you with that stuff that's supposed to stop you from feeling the needle (but it kind of doesn't - that's like the Quietex. Maybe it'll take the edge off, but maybe not). Then they numb you up with the novocain and you can't feel your face for 2 hours (that's like having a tranq).

But Sweetwater said it right. The more you work with his feet, the more he'll get used to it. When I first got my mare, you couldn't go near her feet without her kicking you. But I just kept picking them up, putting them down, picking them out like 5 times a day, putting hoof cream on the soles, tapping on her hoofwall. It was tough at first (I always wore a helmet!) but now she's a perfect angel about it. She picks her feet up without even having to ask. So stick with it! He may never love his pedicures, but he'll learn to tolerate it!


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