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    06-27-2013, 06:54 AM
Advice needed over farrier and new horse

Hi everyone,

This is new to me as is owning a horse. I've had my first horse for just over a week.

Wills seems to find it hard to trust and doesn't like new situations. He's got used to our yard a lot quicker than I thought but he's still wary.

I had the farrier over on Tuesday and Wills wouldn't settle. The farrier had no patience from the start with him and after 2 shoes he hit Wills repeatly with his hammer over the ribs in anger.

Now I understand that farriers need to keep themselves safe and a horse needs to respect them. I know I can be a little soft but Wills has obviously been mistreated before (we can't touch his face unless its for headcollar or bridle) and this really upset me. I'd said shouting and a slap or a shove was fine but it was the use of tools I didn't agree with.

As Wills is my first horse, I really wanted someone to confirm if I'm being sensible looking for another farrier and some advice on what I can do to help the next farrier.

Thanks for reading my ramble
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    06-27-2013, 07:18 AM
I would get a new farriar instantly and report him!there is no need hitting a horse with any object esp a hammer, and possably a vet check up to check his ribs
    06-27-2013, 07:24 AM
Its always a good idea to try several different farriers until Wills is happy with him :) It's just different personalities :)
    06-27-2013, 07:36 AM
Thanks. This is making me feel better. I know I'm inexperienced as an owner and I just want to do the best for him :)
    06-27-2013, 07:40 AM
Always trust your own judgement. He is YOUR horse, he should be handled YOUR way :)
    06-27-2013, 07:42 AM
Well I'm not a rule with an iron fist but I don't want to let him get away with everything. I'd never want him to be unsafe for a farrier if I can help it. I tried asking this farrier what I could do to help and he just shouted at me because I wasn't keeping him still.
    06-27-2013, 08:04 AM
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He would have found my knee cap for his meal had he shouted at me while trying to ask what I need to do to help.
Did you tell him you were new to horses before he started? If so then he should have had the common sense to explain to you what he needs from you to help ensure everyone's safety! He proved he does not have the temperament for this or was having a really bad day, but if he was shouting at you for being new then I would assume the first.

Find a new farrier and ask them or a horsey neighbor/friend if they could come out to explain/teach you what you need to work on to help the farrier do their job safer. This will help your horse be more comfortable with the farrier as well which will help keep the atmosphere calm during the process of actual trimming/shod work.
    06-27-2013, 08:28 AM
Thanks that great advice. I've asked a friend to come over and I'm going to try her farrier. I had a hay net, chop and carrots for him but then I'm lost as to keeping his attention on me. He's so sensitive to being shouted at and I can't stroke him as he flinches if you go near his face.

I had explained to the farrier but he was under the impression he was doing me a favour because he agreed to do it at a weeks notice. My friend has him and thinks his behaviour is fine.
    06-27-2013, 08:43 AM
I wouldn't accept that type of behaviour even if he got you in at late notice. I would definitely try your friends farrier and find something that works for both you and Wills. It is all a big learning curve as you work out what does and doesn't work.
    06-27-2013, 07:27 PM
Definitely, a new farrier is in order.

How did you come to get this horse? He doesn't really sound like the perfect first horse for someone. Did someone knowledgeable, help you choose him?

I would suggest not *****-footing around him, because he seems sensetive. Don't 'creep' your hand up around his face, but make normal movements, a hundred times if necessary, until be becomes used to it. He doesn't even need to have a halter on. Just normal movements all over the place and sometimes near his head. Do this without touching him. Eventually, he will get used to movements around his head and then you can start touching it.

Have his eyes checked, in case he doesn't see well.

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