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    05-18-2011, 01:03 AM
  #11
Trained
I'll try that, it makes sense
     
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    05-18-2011, 01:04 AM
  #12
Banned
My friend has a horse that used to have to be tranq'ed to have his feet done. He never came close to going over. He was eventually brought around to believing that no one was trying to hurt him while holding his feet.

Not sure if it would help but with Izzy, his major issue was having other horses near him. If they were around and you tried to pick his feet up, it was like he was scared that you took his defenses away. He is a very insecure type horse though.

Good luck! She will come around. Hang in there
     
    05-18-2011, 04:34 PM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by natisha    
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.

I have only watched a few, but that was great, so much like how BB behaves, it's nice to see someone working through it.

I tried her standing back and lifting her foot into more of a working position this morning, it went well, thanks for the tip.
     
    05-18-2011, 04:48 PM
  #14
Yearling
I posted a thread just like this not too long ago for Persia. I was considering using some sort of sedation on her but didn't get a whole lot of positive feedback on that. Her main issue was just that she was a brat because she had had her feet done previously and then decided she didn't want them touched anymore. I tried to work with her as much as I could per the advice given over sedation, but it got to the point where I couldn't wait any longer. I ended up calling the farrier we had used the first time with her, who uses a lip twitch and she stood like a lady almost the entire time. It would probably be a lot cheaper to try something like that first.
     
    05-18-2011, 04:55 PM
  #15
Foal
I posted a little while ago about how badly my new mare behaved for my farrier. He tried a lip twitch, 2 separate shots of Ace/Rompen, then had to go to the vet for a "farrier's cocktail". Definitely talk to your farrier and explain your issues before he comes, so he can be prepared. Maybe a twitch will work. I would recommend you try to start out lower intensity, and work your way up if you need to.

Obviously sedation is not an ideal long-term solution, but if you need to go that route one or more times to get her through her trims, while working with her often in between, that's what you'll need to do.

I hope she surprises you and all the intervention isn't necessary!
     
    05-18-2011, 09:39 PM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by natisha    
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.

OK, 2 sessions today after watching the first video and we have made more progress than I have made in months, now at last I have real hope that I can get somewhere with this girl
     
    05-18-2011, 09:47 PM
  #17
Banned
Hip-hip-Horray! For progress!
     
    05-21-2011, 11:56 AM
  #18
Trained


I got all four feet cleaned yesterday, so a combination of jumping for joy, and cringing with embarrassment because I didn't manage it until now.
     
    05-21-2011, 12:26 PM
  #19
Yearling
I watched the video and although what she is doing is correct, I would've exhausted that horse with ground work first. You can either run around the round pen or you can stand still and pick up your feet. They usually figure that one out pretty fast. :o)
     
    05-21-2011, 12:38 PM
  #20
Trained
Starline, that was the approach I used in the past, it worked well enough with other projects I have had, but this girl it just didn't, she got upset and frustrated by that handling.

This is the same mare that I had assessed by a trainer I trust last year, who advised sending her to auction because she is dangerous. I've always known deep down that she has something there, but I've lacked the confidence in my own ability to bring it out of her.

Step by step I'm finding the keys I need to unlock her potential, hopefully I can get her all the way now.
     

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