Don't get down just because you're on the small side; I'm 5'5 and have done my own horses for nearly 10 years now...yes, it can be hard on your body, which is where good training comes into play.
its not height thats the problem, its actually easier when your shorter to be able to fit around the horse.
The girls you find in the farrier field are usually on the heavier, more masculine side. They weigh in the 160 range, not the 120 range or under .
yeah, im a heavier built girl... woman.. whatever... i try not to think of my age lol. but it takes a lot of strengh from all over your body to shoe horses. i really dont think a thin built girl is going to handle it well, but thats just me... it also helps to have a big booty to rest a stifle on!
From the prospective of the woman who actually trimmed own horses for while I can tell there IS a difference, when you have to trim 20+ horses in one day. I'm sure there are women out there strong enough, but most would have problems with it (and from my experience looking at women farriers here they are much slower then men).
You are joking........... So do they set the hoof on their knee to work from the top? I do that, but I don't have a stand and I don't trim often.
i only use a stand to clinch and rasp all the rest of the time the front foot goes between my legs, and on the back it goes over my leg and sits on my thigh.
i use my stall jack to hold the foot for trimming with the nippers and knife and my foot stand for filing and clinching every time. Anything to keep the weight off my back. It makes things so much easier on you if you do not have to hold a foot.
I need to hold the foot to nail but that is all.
i dont have a stall jack... hmmmm. maybe i should get one lol.
anyway as far as training them to stand, we start as babies. from day one we work with feet, and then after a little bit of growing (a few weeks) we start holding them up. i pick up a foot, if they struggle i hang on, i dont put it down until they stand still for atleast a second. no letting them slam it down or throw a tantrum to get away... not happening...