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        11-23-2009, 01:33 PM
      #51
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    Originally Posted by Appyt    
    A good farrier knows how to work that out of a horse and if not, a hoof stand takes care of it very quickly. ;)
    It's actually funny but most of experienced farriers around I've seen (whether men or women) prefer not to use the hoof stand (I'm talking about different horses, not just my mares lol!). I guess it's more convenient to work without one? Neither one working with my mare used it either (except the one who just became a farrier).
         
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        11-23-2009, 03:43 PM
      #52
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    It's actually funny but most of experienced farriers around I've seen (whether men or women) prefer not to use the hoof stand (I'm talking about different horses, not just my mares lol!). I guess it's more convenient to work without one? Neither one working with my mare used it either (except the one who just became a farrier).
    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.
         
        11-23-2009, 03:52 PM
      #53
    Trained
    My farrier only uses his hoof stand about 20% of the time, the rest of the time he just sets the foot on top of his knee.
         
        11-23-2009, 03:59 PM
      #54
    Super Moderator
    Huh, my farrier always uses her hoof stand, at least with Lacey. Who knew that some people don't. O.o Haha
         
        11-24-2009, 11:17 AM
      #55
    Yearling
    Very rarely do I skip the stand but that's because some of ours are leaners...not bad for the trim part but the final rasping they half stand on my stand and my knee wouldn't hold up! We're just working on getting them to just lean back a little to take their weight off the stand but at least they leave their foot where I need it for the most part.
         
        12-11-2009, 01:33 PM
      #56
    Foal
    A good farrier is worth his weight in GOLD! He is not a trainer and should expect that the horse will behave during the process. Again lots of ways to accomplish this but they all come down to gaining control of the horses feet and respect.
         
        12-11-2009, 06:20 PM
      #57
    Banned
    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.
         
        12-11-2009, 07:03 PM
      #58
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by mom2pride    
    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 that's the problem, its actually easier when your shorter to be able to fit around the horse.

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    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    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 don't think a thin built girl is going to handle it well, but that's just me... it also helps to have a big booty to rest a stifle on!

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    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    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).
    I agree

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    Originally Posted by Appyt    
    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.
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    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    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 don't 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 don't 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...
         
        12-12-2009, 07:57 AM
      #59
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    Originally Posted by AlmagroN    
    i don't have a stall jack... hmmmm. Maybe I should get one lol.

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    Definitely try one. I have 2 and love them. I don't hook the hind leg over my leg except to nail. My stall jacks are high and that seems to fit better then low plus I don't have to bend over so far. I can place a hind or front foot on it and all weight is off me.
    They are definelty worth having.
    They are adjustable but I adjust them high.
         
        12-12-2009, 06:54 PM
      #60
    Green Broke
    ChevyPrincess I took the necessary time to insure that Walka (T was already a lady and well behaved about her feet) was a gentleman about having his feet worked on.

    I do not believe it is the farriers job to train any one's horse to stand and give it's foot. Not only is it not their job, but all it would take is one ill mannered/behaved horse to injure the farrier and jeopardize his/her livelihood.

    I value my farrier and will put whatever time is needed to insure that my horses are well mannered/behaved for the time they are worked on.

    My farrier teases me that they are so well trained that as soon as one foot is put down, the next is lifted and ready. He says his biggest worry is that someday before he releases the foot completely, they'll lift the other and fall over on him!
         

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