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post #21 of 60 Old 04-24-2012, 11:30 AM
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Doing something like that is uncalled for nomatter what happened. There is no reason to hit a horse in the face and someone doing to my horse would get hit in the face.
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post #22 of 60 Old 04-24-2012, 12:14 PM
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if you hit a horse in the face they may become head shy

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post #23 of 60 Old 04-24-2012, 12:49 PM
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I would have probably taken offence to him hitting my horse in the face .... HOWEVER:

I have an understanding with my farriers. It goes like this: "I will hold and control the face end, but if my horse gives you any crap, you're the one underneath him, AND the one he's jacking with, so YOU feel free to correct him."

I've had more than one farrier whack my horse with a rasp either on the butt or the belly to get their attention. They typically don't have anymore problems with them after that.
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post #24 of 60 Old 04-24-2012, 01:01 PM
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I would have probably taken offence to him hitting my horse in the face .... HOWEVER:

I have an understanding with my farriers. It goes like this: "I will hold and control the face end, but if my horse gives you any crap, you're the one underneath him, AND the one he's jacking with, so YOU feel free to correct him."

I've had more than one farrier whack my horse with a rasp either on the butt or the belly to get their attention. They typically don't have anymore problems with them after that.
I don't see as much of a problem with that but face is defferent.
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post #25 of 60 Old 04-24-2012, 01:06 PM
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I don't see as much of a problem with that but face is defferent.
Which is why it falls to the horse owner to properly train, prepare and control their horse during such appointments.
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post #26 of 60 Old 04-24-2012, 01:07 PM
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jeez that's so annoying! I've noticed that alot of farriers seem lose their temper. I would have been sooooo pissed if he did that to my horse...

there is no secret so close than that between a horse and his rider
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post #27 of 60 Old 04-24-2012, 01:28 PM
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Have y'all ever trimmed and rasped a horse's hoof? I'm 19, and all I do is hold the hoof for my dad and my back is killing me halfway through the first hoof. Hitting him in the face with a rasp was a tad harsh, but I would have smacked that horse good on his nose if he nipped me. A farrier's job is difficult as it is, without having to deal with disrespectful horses.
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Biting is the ONLY time I would ever strike a horse's face, and I do so then because the discipline makes more sense to the horse if it's related to the offense and the body part that gave offense. When a horse paws or kicks, I strike the leg that pawed or kicked, if they bite, they get swatted on the mouth.

If the farrier actually struck your horse full on in the face with a rasp, either side, there would be blood or visible damage. I suspect the farrier's discipline was much closer to appropriate than has been described here.

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went to get a hay net to keep him busy while he was having his feet done and to my horror he was smacking him with his rasping file ON HIS FACE. I told him to wait while I tied up a hay net as he proceeded to explain to me that the horse was nipping at him. Um, that's why I told him to WAIT. This horse is perfectly willing with the farrier when he has something to do...
There is so, so much wrong with this description. The farrier arrived prepared to shoe. Why weren't you prepared? Are you going to compensate him for waiting time? Nipping or biting is always a horrendous disobedience, it's not situational, it's never acceptable. And a horse should stand quietly for handling without bribery or "something to do." If the horse doesn't stand quietly for the farrier, he needs more training or a different handler, not "something to do"

Good luck in your search for a new farrier.
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If the farrier actually struck your horse full on in the face with a rasp, either side, there would be blood or visible damage. I suspect the farrier's discipline was much closer to appropriate than has been described here.
Absolutely!
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post #30 of 60 Old 04-24-2012, 02:20 PM
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Which is why it falls to the horse owner to properly train, prepare and control their horse during such appointments.
I agree. The first think I do after halter breaking my foals is teach them to pick up feed and do farrier work.
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