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        06-17-2010, 01:38 AM
    Do it!!! You are set, with polite horses and a farrier to advise! It'll be fun, plus you'll get buff arms! My favorite trimming website is Check it out- lots of good knowledge there!
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        06-17-2010, 01:49 AM
    Originally Posted by corinowalk    
    If I wasn't locked into him because of barn rules, I would be looking for another farrier. He can be really rude and I don't think he takes enough off. Nicos feet always look a bit long to me. Any time I've ever mentioned it, I've been scolded so I don't even bother. He is very alpha male and when I asked if he could show me how to properly file down a bit of Nicos feet, he said 'now why would you want to get your pretty little hands dirty' Not to mention, in our neck of the woods he is very expensive. 45 for a simple trim and 160 for a full set.

    If this was someone I hired to perform a service for me, I would take my pretty little hands and punch him in the mouth.
        06-17-2010, 02:06 AM
    Oh the thought has crossed my mind! Mind you, I am no delicate flower. It does not help that he is the BO's nephew and we HAVE to use him. No outside farriers or vets. As it is at that barn, I hate both the vet and the farrier. I am planning on moving pretty soon and will be sure to give him a piece of my mind when I go. I tolerate his nonsense to keep the peace. When that is no longer an issue, he's going to get it with both barrels! Oh one more bad trait (sorry to thread-jack) but we are a small private horse rescue and he hates rescue horses. He says that we are all suckers and that we waste our money on horses that will never be worth a thing. When we went over our 'limit' at the barn when a local horse farm was abandoned, he refused to trim those horses because he 'wasn't going to pay for our mistakes'. Oh! And he hit a friends horse with a rasp. Hard. Guess who had to be sedated to have his feet done until a few months ago.
        06-17-2010, 02:16 AM
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    Wow! I can't believe they only let you use a certain vet & trimmer.
        06-17-2010, 03:33 PM
    Thats insane.

    I am very proud that all my horses are rescue horses. And they are all worth something. They are worth saving! I am sorry but I would yank my horses from that barn faster than you can blink an eye.
        06-17-2010, 03:39 PM
    Oh im working on it. Trouble is, im on a budget and my horse needs pasture boarded (hes a stall weaver) and finding a barn in my area that will let him be out is difficult. Most people in my area think that horses should be stalled 20+hours a day. They think its cruel to keep a horse in the weather.
        06-17-2010, 05:42 PM
    Then I am horribly abusive because my horses are outdoors, 24/7.

    They have access to a loafing shed and I would say 90% of the time they are out standing in blizzards. They bunch up, butts to the wind, and get coated head to rump with snow. They'd rather be out in rain and snow than indoors in a box!
        06-17-2010, 10:47 PM
    I know! Now I just need to find a barn where they will allow me to abuse my horse freely! He just looks so helpless when he's weaving...its actually pretty sad.
        06-18-2010, 12:17 PM
    I've gotten horses here that have terrible habits- weaving, cribbing, and doing weird ritual motions. One horse would constantly turn around and bite herself. She'd walk in circles in a stall biting herself and would bloody up her sides. She was given to me as a lost cause. I turned her out in pasture and after she felt freedom, she never did it again.

    I really do think that stalling horses is detrimental to their mental health. I understand some people have no other option, but its not an option I would take. I would LOVE to have a really nice barn with several stalls that I can use for quarantining new horses or for shutting up sick ones though.
        06-18-2010, 01:46 PM
    Our barn is a really good situation, the stalls back out onto the pasture and are open on both sides. You can open the back stall door and they walk out onto pasture or the front door and they are in the aisle. If only I could convince them to let me bring in my own farrier/vet, life would be great!

    We have head-cases of every shape and size at our farm. Its a running joke to bring a 'bomb proof' horse there because they wont be 'bomb proof' when they leave. There are scary things lurking everywhere. Tractors and mini donkeys and a pot belly pig running loose. Fowl of every shape and size, peacocks landing on horses backs, guinea hens pecking at their grain when they try to eat. It is a horses worst nightmare! Suprisingly though, when we go other places, our horses don't bat an eye. They've seen it all!

    Stalls are great for what you mentioned but there is nothing better for a horse than freedom. They need to interact with other horses and run free or they lose a piece of themselves. If I wanted a horse without reaction and with no freedom, I would have bought a quad. It sure would have saved on some vet bills!

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