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post #11 of 15 Old 09-18-2012, 05:37 PM
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i dont do it when we go to the vet or when he comes out he checks them and does it if needed my horses never are drugged while doing it, my QH was once but it was after he had his teeth floated. all my boys are okay with me under there, so they dont care about it. i would do it myself but its easier for us for him to do it.
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post #12 of 15 Old 09-18-2012, 06:18 PM
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My vet charges very little to have it added on to a teeth floating, so I have it done then. I'm not all that confident about doing it myself yet (though my horse is fine with being handled there), so I do some easy cleanup whenever he looks dirty, but I leave the bean removal to the vet.
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post #13 of 15 Old 09-19-2012, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone.

He is very well broke and ties fine. We've been out hacking and seen noisy motorbikes, buses, tractirs, lorries and lots of farm animals at the farm we ride through and the only thing that spooked him slightly was an alpaca in one of the fields, haha. He soon got over it though after I made him walk past it a few times.

With being tied up, he's fine. Stands there while I groom him, potter about, tack him up and muck out etc and usually just dozes. I know however that what we're looking to do is a whole new ball game :)

Thanks again for all your responses.


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post #14 of 15 Old 09-19-2012, 10:13 PM
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I was scared to try it at first, but no way am I going to pay the vet to do it without at least trying to do it on my own. I desensitized him to being touched in the area by brushing his belly and inner thighs, and picking little bits off when he dropped. I also made it a point to hit the area with a hose whenever I bathed him. The last time I bathed him I took a chance, soaped up my hand and ran it up in there. No trouble at all, and I got a BUNCH of gunk out. Success!
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-19-2012, 10:19 PM
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I didn't read the whole thread, but my horse is a creep and loves it so much that he will lift his leg when I do it. I guess he thinks I can get at it better that way.. it's so funny... and wrong.
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