Ok, this is just out of curiosity but I am wondering what you guys like in a farrier. A bit of experience in training? Just works on the hoof and doesnt work on the horses behavior?
Personally I like a farrier who knows how to and is willing to work on the horses behavior and training, even though I know it is the owners responsibility to make sure the horse is safe for the farrier.
In my experience a farrier with a lack of knowlage in training a horse to stand can actually ruin a horses good behavior. If my well behaved horse is starting to get a little restless don't be afraid to take a minute and walk them around a bit, stretch the legs, freshen the mind. Don't just sit there and wrestle him, you will wear out first.
If I'm there I will do it for them, but not everyone can always be there to help out there farrier. It wont take any longer to walk around a minute or set the foot down before they get pissy then it will to wrestle the horse anyway.
Being a horse owner with training experience who is in farrier school it kinda peaves me to see a farrier who is clueless about training a horse to stand or just doesnt do it. After all YOU are the one who is under the horse, you should have the knowlage to keep yourself safe! And above all I don't want you fighting my horse and instigating bad behavior. Presure and release isnt exactly rocket science, and if you use it daily it becomes habbit.
Anyway, end half rant. Lol
What do you think?
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