Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
I unfortunately have had a bad farrier too so I know how ya feel sweetie. This guy did the same stuff that yours did the other day and worse. First he decided to twitch Magic which only made her more panicked then smacked her in the belly with a rope when she jumped around, needless to say she was a wreck by the time he finished with her. I had the same parent situation too, I couldn't say a freakin' word cause they didn't care if she got smacked around, they just listened to him and twisted the twitch harder till she reared and flipped backward... and then of course anyone with a brain could see it wasn't working, but what did he say to do, get her up and twist harder, "shell hold still if her lip turns blue"... YA PSYCHO! Unfortunately adults like to listen to other adults even when they are being ignorant because hey they are ...adults! I love when they say "oh you don't understand, or you should listen to the older person and learn something" ya what is there to learn? Hurt your horse to get it to listen, I think some people take the concept of discipline a little too far ESPECIALLY adults, after all times change guys, I mean back in the day if you didn't lay your kid out as soon as he or she acted up you were spoiling them right? I think using enough force on a horses sensitive gums to leave lasting red marks is a bit of an overkill myself... That could lead to inflamation and possibly infection, but hey it controlled her right? Whats a few damaged nerves in the hope of not having to be patient and take your time when after all you are working with an animal.....
You were in the right to be upset, as a professional he should have had the courtesy of asking you if you agreed with what he was doing, and I feel for ya with the dad thing, its hard, especially when you can't say a word when it happens cause you know you'll just be told to shut up but when you try to vent you are told its basically your fault it happened...
That said, yes you need to work with her, its very important that if you are going to have her shod she stand quietly and safely allow the farrier to do his job, but you already know this so kudos... tough it out, keep workin, and good luck! Dorry for the rant, just bugs me, kinda a sore spot...
Ω Horses are a projection of peoples dreams Ω
Last edited by Honeysuga; 10-14-2009 at 01:06 AM.