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        03-07-2013, 12:27 PM
      #451
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    I have had farriers hit horses. Rocky never did. In fact, I brought a gelding home who would stand in the back of the stall and shake when you came into the stall. Rocky did his feet the first time with the poor horse leaning on the wall, and shaking. Second time, the horse would shake, but pick his foot up voluntarily, it was sad but funny. Third time, horse ground tied in the barn aisle, nobody holding him, picking up his feet as soon as Rocky would get done with one.....

    Hope it works out!

    Nancy
         
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        03-07-2013, 01:23 PM
      #452
    Foal
    I had a farrier hit on one of mine but across her chest for know reason she was standing perfectly still while he did her front foot he moved to do her back feet and she only moved to balance herself he stepped back and smacked her on her chest and yelled at her needless to say I jumped into it like a mad wet hen and he left my property to never come back again and I warned everybody about him, had to find another farrier to finish her out but I understand if the horse is misbehaving I have one that loves to play with our farrier she will pick her feet up lets him get to work on it and then tries to pull it away but he learned that if he just open handed gives her a firm not hurting slap on her underbelly she will straighten right up and she does this just to mess with him or she will pick up a foot on the other side when he asks for the other she loves to play games with you. She's the type of horse you walk up to her foot and tap her leg she will pick them up unless she's trying to play with you then she will pick up another just so you go around to that side then she will pick up the one you asked for this gets funny at time but all I do is tell her cut it out and she will sigh and do it right.
         
        03-07-2013, 03:30 PM
      #453
    Teen Forum Moderator
    I don't mind at all if my horse is misbehaving and the farrier repriminds it either verbally or with an open handed slap. I'm also fine with them dropping the leg of a sound horse if it leans on them, or poking them hard. But hitting a miniature horse, full force, with a sharp metal object? No way! I've worked for months and months on getting her to handle her feet nicely and you don't have to do more than touch her cannon for her to pick her leg up for you, but she does tend to be a bit nervous around men due to previous abuse. I had warned the farrier of that fact so I was furious when he hit her for pulling her leg away in discomfort (He had been holding it too high, almost up to her point of buttocks.) No excuses for my mare ofcourse, but a metal rasp? Really? ._.
         
        03-08-2013, 09:59 AM
      #454
    Foal
    Poor thing I hope you came unglued at him. We have some down here that I would never allow on our property, some are good with the horses but if your a lady watch out and some have a tendency to come smelling like a brewery, I have had two that I will allow to work on my kids and they are perfect they set up to be there every 6 to 8 weeks and call me to let me know its time and when they will be there, one had to quit due to injures he recieved on his back not from my horses but from someone elses who told him there horse was very good well it was it cost him back surgery, but I love my farrier and he even came out and removed a tiny glass sliver from my mares foot and medicated it and all no charge to me, but I gave him extra next time. My horses will even come right up to him if I am at work to have there feet done, he's just great.
         
        03-08-2013, 10:03 AM
      #455
    Trained
    There is a farrier in our area that is on parole for child molestation. Needless to say he is not working on my horses.
         
        03-08-2013, 06:19 PM
      #456
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Whoops, I just realized that I haven't given you guys an update about Kenzie's trip!

    She did pretty well all things considered and I have no complains. It took us about ten minutes to get her loaded (she thought that the divider was going to eat her) but she travelled well and munched on some hay on the way there. I heard her shifting around a little near the end but not too much. No injuries or anything, and she unloaded like a champ. Ginger was actually worse than she was, I think! That farm has tons of arabians and I think Gingie recognized that they were 'cousins' (she's a NSH) and started talking up a storm. It was actually pretty funny.

    Kenzie was pretty sore but did well for the farrier, and the farrier was kind enough to give her a break between doing hooves, and she readily explained her plan of action to me. Turns out that she's still a little thrushy in that abcessed hoof and its just over all very unhealthy, but the other feet are in better shape. Her bars were completely screwed up, her frogs are narrow and unhealthy, and her walls are thin- but the farrier thinks we can eventually get her in shape. The frog is now taking some pressure and has been professionally cleaned up so she thinks that it will start looking healthier soon. It doesn't help that she's sloughing some of it off right now as well, so she's just a reck. Her feet do look a lot better though and I'm happy with her progress. She was walking much more freely even a few minutes after being trimmed and doesn't look like she's grimacing when she stretches her legs out and takes pressure on them, so that is very promising!

    I'm hoping that soon we'll be able to see little Kenzie cantering and playing like the baby she is soon. So far I've only seen her trot and I know its because of those darned feet!


    Oh, and wish me luck tomorrow morning guys! I'm taking my SAT for the very first time tomorrow *bitesnails*
         
        03-08-2013, 08:53 PM
      #457
    Yearling
    Yay for Kenzie, and good luck to you on the SAT! I know there's so much more pressure around testing than when I was in high school, but if this is your first time sitting for it, it will give you a nice baseline for how you do in the real environment- but you can certainly take it again, with that much more feedback to help you focus your future practice/study efforts. I'll be thinking good thoughts for you!
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        03-09-2013, 03:20 PM
      #458
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Thanks! I just got back. It went pretty well. I was disturbed by the fact that two of the guys next to me slept through literally 3/4 of the test and that we got held over because over 1/2 of the kids didn't know how to write in cursive ._. Children, I'm DYSLEXIC and I can copy a sentance in cursive! O_o

    Unlike with the PSAT I really tried not to panic and just start guessing on stuff, and I didn't answer everything xD I set goals, met them, and checked them over. Because I panicked, I only recieved a 158 on my PSAT. I'm hoping for a 1650 or above for this SAT and I'll improve from there.
         
        03-09-2013, 07:04 PM
      #459
    Weanling
    I've just read through this whole thread. **** you, Endiku, I'm now hooked on following Kenzie's progress (and I already spend too much time following Sour's, lol). Seriously, though, kudos to you and all your peripheral support for trying to do the best for her. Hope the SAT went well.
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        03-09-2013, 11:11 PM
      #460
    Teen Forum Moderator
    XD I saw you lurking earlier and I was wondering if you were attempting to read through this bugger! I need to start handing out prizes to those of you who have read all the way through this...I only made it to page 20 before my eyes totally blurred!

    I always tend to pick the trouble children, don't I? LOL. I'm amazed I haven't gotten myself or someone else killed by now. Aggressive alpha mini mares, one eyed-clingy colts, spooky self-mutilating mares, geldings that have been studs and treated like dogs all of their lives, and now Boom xD at least she doesn't seem to have any serious mental issues....wouldn't that be fun paired with all of the poor thing's ailments?

    Pft, you should see my newest potential project though. Prettiest little mare you'll ever find, but she's a nutcase. Insanely buddy sour, scared of her own shadow, NO concept of personal space, and definitely the most reactive mare I've met, with the exception of Sour. I get paid if I can turn her around though... and she's cute as heck. Makes me sad to think that no one took the time to socialize her. She stands there and shakes and starts teeth-clacking at you the second you look straight at her. She may not be all that hard to win over though, considering that she hasn't been 'ruined' by anyone yet. She responds naturally to body signals. I was even able to cut her out of her herd of three with just my body language and get her to hold still for me to halter her for the first time yesterday. The look she gave me was halarious. I could have just imagined her going "SHESPEAKSHORSE?! O_O'
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