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    10-04-2011, 04:14 PM
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Ink
Weanling
The farrier visit from heck

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Ack don't know what happened continued below
     
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    10-04-2011, 04:50 PM
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Ink
Weanling
Ok so the farrier was out at the barn yesterday and Dublin desperately needed her feet done so I met him out there during my lunch break. I told him I just wanted him to pull her shoes and trim her so we can see how she goes barefoot. So he goes to work on her. I had no idea how she'd do (her last owner didn't have her long enough to get her feet done). She tried to pull back a couple times when he was doing her front feet but nothing major. Then he got to the back feet he managed to get the right one done but she did manage to get her foot loose and kick him in the process.

When he got to that last back foot Dublin had about had enough of it. She kept jerking her foot away from him, and he was getting more and more frustrated. Then when she got him again he hauled off and kicked her as hard as could in the stomach. Then went to his trailer and pulled out a twitch. That just pissed her off more, so he got rid of that and tried again. Then the next time she jerked away from him he took the hoof muppets and thwacked her twice hard in the haunches. At this point she about jumps out of her skin every time he comes near her, and I should have put and end to it right then and there, but I didn't. Then after a few more failed attempts he brings out a lead rope and ties it around her leg and uses it pull her leg up so she can get her kicks out without him near her. At this point I really should have said something because that made me a nervous wreck. But we were the only two people out there, and I had no idea what to do. So I'm close to tears at this point Dublin is just licking away trying to get the dang rope off leg. Finally when the rope slipped off of her pastern and onto her cannon bone I said "ok! That's enough". So the farrier took the rope off her and told me I didn't owe him anything but not to ask him to do her feet ever again.


And that's the story. So Dublin is more or less ok. Her back leg was a little puffy when checked on her last night, but luckily she doesn't act too sore on it. And of course she let me pick up all of her feet no problem so I don't know. She's normally so calm and relaxed and she picks up on new things so fast. I don't know what happened, but I could just kick myself for letting them fight it out for so long. Even now it makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it.
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    10-04-2011, 04:54 PM
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Showing
Why did you let the farrier fight it out with her? Why didn't you, as her owner, correct her? Especially after she kicked him the first time.

It's completely inexcusable that you stood by and just watched everything happen. I don't blame the farrier for not wanting to do your horse again, if you don't get after her yourself when she acts up.
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    10-04-2011, 04:57 PM
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Ink
Weanling
Oh one more thing. Sorry for the ling story I just had to get it off my chest. I don't intent for this to turn into some huge debate over what is or is not appropriate punishment. I understand why he hit her, and I also think it was a excessive. Either way it's done now and irellivent whether it was ight or wrong. If, however, you would like to give me some pointers on things I can do to work with Dublin so she'll be more cooperative next time, I'd be grateful to hear them.

Ok I'm done now for real.
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    10-04-2011, 05:00 PM
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Ink
Weanling
Speed racer, I was holdig her and a did everything I could to correct her. I've never had anything like that happen before I didn't know how to handle it. I eneded up getting dragged around a bit in the process.

Edit: would really be interested to know what exactly I should have done.
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    10-04-2011, 05:09 PM
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mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Ink    
She's normally so calm and relaxed and she picks up on new things so fast.

I don't know what happened, but I could just kick myself for letting them fight it out for so long. Even now it makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it.
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How long have you had her? If her previous owner didn't have her long enough to get her feet done, I would assume you'd owned her a few weeks? You have no real base for 'normal' yet.

I admire the farrier for staying with it. Getting seriously hurt doesn't make his truck payment. Our farrier would of asked for a tranq and then said the horse gets training or I am not touching it again.
     
    10-04-2011, 05:16 PM
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dee
Started
You might ask your next farrier about a lip rope if she gives him/her any grief. The lip rope is painless and releases endorphins that help the horse relax. Our farrier used it on daughter's colt the first time he ever got his feet done. Colt was over a year old (but his feet weren't bad, surprisingly enough), and relatively unhandled. He had been acting like a butt, but as soon as the lip rope went on, he calmed right down and stood like a champ. Been standing just fine ever since!
     
    10-04-2011, 05:19 PM
  #8
Banned
Yeah... even though I had Indie for only a week before I got her first trim (back then she was literally about half wild) the farrier told me that if I didn't get her straightened up; to never call him again. Have you done leg lifting exercises with her?
Every horse should be expected to stand quietly while they have their feet done... it'd be advisable to get her used to it asap. Just a little bit every day will do wonders :)
     
    10-04-2011, 05:20 PM
  #9
Yearling
I'm thinking since Dublin hadn't had her feet done for awhile, she was sore! Poor mare. Maybe a tranquilizer or at least some pain medication before the farrier tried to pry off her shoes.

That may be why she was acting up so much. Kudos to the farrier for putting up with it until the job was done.

When working with my farrier, I hold the horse's lead rope and stay on the same side as the farrier. He knows if the horse acts up, I will pull her head towards me and her hind end away from him. That is one way to help.

Do you have a good working relationship with this farrier or was this the first time you used him? Maybe having a chat with him and asking him how he's like to proceed, apologizing for the bad session and asking how to fix it. That's what I would do. Well, if you like his work and want to use him again.

Another thing I do with my horses is keep their focus on me if they start to act antsy. I'll lightly play with their muzzle, working on the same principle as the twitch but without a twitch. I'll lay a hand on their neck to assure them. If they do act up, I will be the one to discipline them, I apologize to the farrier and ask where he would like them so we can continue.

I hope this helps you a bit.
     
    10-04-2011, 05:21 PM
  #10
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by dee    
You might ask your next farrier about a lip rope if she gives him/her any grief. The lip rope is painless and releases endorphins that help the horse relax. Our farrier used it on daughter's colt the first time he ever got his feet done. Colt was over a year old (but his feet weren't bad, surprisingly enough), and relatively unhandled. He had been acting like a butt, but as soon as the lip rope went on, he calmed right down and stood like a champ. Been standing just fine ever since!
The twitch and lip rope work on the same area. With a small percentage of horses, the procedure increases the anxiety instead of detracting from it. A neck twitch might help - different area of the body.
     

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