Am I over reacting? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 192
• Horses: 0
Am I over reacting?

Okay, as some of you new 4 yr old TB mare arrived a week ago. The farrier came out for the first time last night. Her previous owner told me she was "good for the farrier"...I had no reason to question that from the way she has been the last week...calm for the most part and has given me no trouble (even holds her head down for me to practice my ugly braids!) Well...farrier (who I have never met...justa recommendation from my vet) came out. He is old and set in his ways obviously...well she was fidgeting...but I didn't feel that it was keep him from dong his job...she would barely flinch a muscle and he was holler "EHHH!" and when he wanted her foot he would say it so hateful "Give me your foot!"... I think all of this loud and hateful tones got to her...she started behaving BADLY- and I mean the point I thought she was really going to hurt herself or him. He finally got fed up and gave her some type of shot to calm her down. She then calmed down and allowed him to finish. The guy seems really knowledgeable and he was recommended by my vet...I finally told him to talk nicer to her and tell her "good girl" when she was behaving...she likes to hear that...that really helped. Okay- am I being an over protective mama? He never smacked her or anything- I just felt he was rough with her- not the type of person I would ever leave alone with her. But I live in East Texas and its hard to find good care...and he seems to know his stuff. - Really I am just venting and looking for some "its okays...calm downs"...hehe.

Adcat's Star "Addy"- 5yr old TB mare.
KatieStanley is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 11:35 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Minnesota, USA
Posts: 2,034
• Horses: 3
no you are not over reacting... if she keeps having a negative time with ferrier work it will get worse over time. That is just my opinon though.

It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.
- Paul "Bear" Bryant (Former college football coach)
Angel_Leaguer is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 11:41 AM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 2,672
• Horses: 1
I agree with Angel...personally I'd find a better farrier. Go to tack shops. Most workers at tack shops own horses and they will recommend many farriers. I would NEVER stand my farrier growling at my horse. I yelled at my farrier for smacking another person's horse when he was trimming that horse's feet.
SonnyWimps is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 01:11 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: mississippi
Posts: 1,399
• Horses: 0
your not over reacting one bit!!!! my barn uses this guy, welll let me tell you a bit about him. if he has a horses leg up and the horse needs to re balance his/herself and gently pulls their leg back to re adjust, johnathan will grab the rasp and pop the crap out of the horse...he is also known for leaving horses lame......there is no way that he will ever touch my girl....i have a guy come out and he was so nice, worked with rayne,,,since this was her first time with a farrier...i have picked up her feet and cleaned them. but never trimmed. so be protective....i would find out what injection he gave too.. i have never herd of a farrier just giving an injection without asking if you(the owner) had something frist, not to mention ask ur permission..mabey i misunderstood the post. good thing he didnt give too much...ok i am getting protective now.....

On The 6th day god Created The Quarter Horse...One The 7th he Painted All The Good Ones---*trisha<3

Last edited by appylover31803; 12-04-2008 at 01:55 PM.
Painted Ride is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 01:15 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Missoula, MT
Posts: 6,594
• Horses: 1
I also had a farrier that would BEAT the horses with her rasp if they fidgeted. I found a different farrier obviously. Diesel fidgets by the time they are on the last hoof but he's a really good boy for the farrier. He's the kind of horse though that you have to be quite firm with for him to pay any attention to you. If you look at him mean and give a stern NO he usually listens =P

I don't think youre over reacting at all. I wouldn't want a farrier tranqing my horse just because she was nervous. I would find someone a little bit more understanding.
Spastic_Dove is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 01:32 PM
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posts: 782
• Horses: 2
i woudl have never let a ferrier give a shot to my horse to calm then down. Specially if the reason why your horse was so "bad" is because of him! Its not your or your horses fault that he was a jerk. i would be looking around for a different farrier if i were you!
NicoleS11 is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 01:33 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: IL
Posts: 255
• Horses: 2
Define Old.
Yes...I think you *are* over reacting.
This is a HORSE...a living, breathing, SMART thinker. He'll decide how and when to behave...
Besides...would YOU want to be the one under him?

PaintedLady is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 02:20 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 244
• Horses: 1
I would definately say that there is no reason for him to give your horse a tranq. My first farrier was a short little man and I had some babys and one of them would rear/kick and he never got upset nor did he ever need to give them a shot. If the babys would get to bratty then he would give them a little smack just to let them know that it wasnt tolerated and then he would continue. Now that baby is 6 years old and is the perfect horse for working with feet. But if the horse is just fidgeting then there is no reason to yell or hit the horse let alone give them a tranq. JMO.
KateS is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 03:16 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Missouri
Posts: 6,004
• Horses: 0
I'm with Painted on this one. I think that the farrier's safty is #1. Even if he was the doo-dah causing the problems. I would have allowed the tranq and then work, work work with those feet. I think it's of the utmost importance to ensure that a horse will allow it's feet to be handled. Even by a stranger. You never know when it will be an emergency situation. That's my take on it anyway.

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

1 Chronicles 28:20

Dumas'_Grrrl is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 06:13 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 4
Same thing happened to me, my old horse Vodka was very touchy with flies and had been treated roughly in the past, the result being that is he got scared he would get aggressive. With us, we treated him gentle and he would do anything for you, but our farrier (that we had sued for about 4 years) was a very agressive person, not hitting but growling if they twitched. Vodka was twitching his belly at flies so the farrier dug him in the ribs, well Vodka shot forward and kicked the farrier in the leg. We switched farriers to a more gentle man, and never had a problem. you need to find farrier who's personality suits the horse, we never had problems with the first farrier for any of our other horses, him and Vodka just didn't match. personally I don't find it reasonable for a horse to stand stock still without fidgeting while he is trying to balance on three legs! Dumas, I don't think that it was a problem with the horse having it's feet handled, from how i interpret it the horse was simply fidgeting. I do agree that any horse must be able to have it's feet handled.
wild_spot is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
colic? or am I over reacting? Snapple122 Horse Health 5 08-28-2008 01:48 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome