Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
"When I got her,she was barely semi halterbroke,and aggressive towards people"
Horses are by nature, flight animals. Her aggression towards people, had to be taught. I'd guess someone, while trying to trim her, got too rough with her and started the ball rolling. Now it gets worse every time someone tries. Unfortunately, every time she acts out and is not corrected within 3 seconds it gets worse. And you can not react fast enough, with a farrier under her to do any good. Working her, will not work, she will not relate working, to acting out, when some one is handling her feet.
I'd suggest sedation all of the time to begin with, then start reducing the amount of sedation a little bit at a time. Let her find out slowly, that she will not be hurt by the farrier. Probably best to do this without the farrier even present. DO the reductions in sedative, in between the farrier visits. Do a, known safe, dose when the farrier is present.
A horse that has had a bad experience will continue to react to it, even if they are "dog" tired. You have to out think them, when this has happened. Usually, more, and more exposure to the experience, without harsh reprimands, will eventually cure the problem. The trick is to never let them act up, while your in the remedial process. Once they act up, you set the process back, way back. When you are reducing the sedation doses, you might try having someone monitor her heart rate with a stethascope, while someone else picks up and handles her feet. At the first sign of increased heart rate, put the foot down. You may be able to increase the handling time a little bit at a time, until it is longer a problem.
Making the right thing easy and the wrong action difficult, only works when they can relate the work to the incident.
Last edited by bbsmfg3; 05-06-2013 at 12:30 PM.