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    05-17-2011, 05:09 PM
  #1
Trained
Sedating for trimming?

I have a big mare here who isn't scared to throw her weight around, she was basically unhandled for 7 years before I got her and it has been a long road trying to build up trust with her.

Her feet are a huge issue, and I need to get them trimmed, I can now lift and clean her fronts, but she is still fighting about the backs. I can't wait any longer for her to come around, so I need to get those feet done, so I think we are going to have to sedate.

What do folk normally use for sedation for working with feet?
     
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    05-17-2011, 05:12 PM
  #2
Started
You should talk with your farrier, first. He might not want a horse falling on him! Lol
     
    05-17-2011, 05:30 PM
  #3
Trained
I've left a message for my farrier, waiting for him to come back to me, he's on vacation at the moment.

I'm just seeing what the options are, I surely don't want her unsteady so she can't stand. I wondered about hauling her into the vet and having her done under sedation in the stocks.
     
    05-17-2011, 05:46 PM
  #4
Started
I hope everything works out for you!
     
    05-17-2011, 05:50 PM
  #5
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by gigem88    
You should talk with your farrier, first. He might not want a horse falling on him! Lol
With the proper dose of the correct tranq, the horse can be completely stable physical - just 'zoned' mentally.

However - a twitch may help also. Ask your farrier what s/he would prefer.
     
    05-17-2011, 06:07 PM
  #6
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I would sedate her per your farriers approval. Then I would continue DAILY with the foot handling lessons, including tapping the hoof with hoofpick and LOTS of praise.
     
    05-17-2011, 06:09 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Sedation will work, it takes a lot to drop a horse.

For teaching to lift & hold feet up try a long rope around the cannons, pasterns & use that for lifting & holding the feet/legs. You hold both ends of the rope & stay out of range. Don't tie the leg rope to them, just drape it around the leg. Be sure the horse ties securely first.
     
    05-17-2011, 08:37 PM
  #8
Trained
I have been handling her feet twice a day if possible, but it's very frustrating. If I'm stood at her shoulder I can lift her hinds and keep them up for a little while using the method that Natisha describes there.

If I lift them by hand she will either kick out, or try and come over on me, just swinging herself around. I am making progress but it's slow going.
     
    05-18-2011, 12:30 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
I have been handling her feet twice a day if possible, but it's very frustrating. If I'm stood at her shoulder I can lift her hinds and keep them up for a little while using the method that Natisha describes there.

If I lift them by hand she will either kick out, or try and come over on me, just swinging herself around. I am making progress but it's slow going.
Try standing behind her but towards the side, so you can pull her leg back & up, more like as if you were lifting it by hand.
     
    05-18-2011, 12:55 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Hoof Desensitizing training at One True Media - share slideshows, slide shows, Facebook slideshows, free video sharing, video montages.

You may want to watch these videos. A person on another forum was having a terrible time for years with her horse's feet. I offered to help her & she did a wonderful job. The horse is still great with her feet.
Check it out. It seems like you are already doing this stuff but they are still fun to watch.
     

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