It is YOUR responsibility to train your horse to stand for the farrier. It isn't his job to make your horse stand to be shod. If I showed up to shoe your horse and he flipped over backward I would load my tools and leave. You have an excellent man shoeing your horse. Most wouldn't come back to something like that. If you don't already you need to clean your horses hooves every day and maybe tap on the shoes to see if you can get him better. If you decide to get a different farrier I'm sure your current farrier won't mind.
Ha ha, I'm afraid Kevin's totally right. I warned my new farrier when he came out that my horse (who, in her defense, is 3 and was NEVER TRIMMED before I got her last year
) was still working on ground manners and "hops around" a little when being trimmed. He politely but firmly let me know that, as long as I
was willing to work on this, and as long as she doesn't buck/rear/bite, he was willing to work with us. He let me know straight up, however, that if those conditions aren't met and improvements aren't made (on MY time, not just when he's there), he won't see a horse. I think that's very reasonable, considering the extra strain on his back of having to move around with
the horse. You have a saint for a farrier.
Originally Posted by PrettyBlueOverYou View Post
I have heard that lack of respect is an issue I have with her but I don't know how to go about gaining it. Shell listen and do most everything that I ask so Im not sure how or when to do something about it. The times she does show a disrespect are when I am not in the position to correct her, ie, holding her for the farrier. Any tips on gaining respect? I discipline her when need be but like I said most of the time she listens fine..
LoL, you sound EXACTLY like me a few months ago.
I don't remember who it was, but somebody on the forum pointed out that basically no matter how nice and gentle I think my horse is (which she is...she's my "baby"), she's still showing me blatant disrespect by not respecting me on the ground. Yours is too. My horse, like yours, was basically taking advantage of me and invading my space every chance she saw the opportunity. She was an absolute doll 90% of the time, but that other 10% was getting outright ridiculous, not to mention dangerous. I spent the entire summer working on ground manners instead of riding (NOT fun) because this training was so neglected in her. I am not trying to be judgemental at ALL, because like I said, it took a little "tough love" from another forum member for me to realize that Annie wasn't quite
the angel I thought she was.
Somebody could get hurt in this situation, and I would hate to see that happen.
...for example, if she swings her body into your space, push her out of it! Also vocalize your diapleasure with her. Most horses recognize a well timed "GIIITT OUTTA THAT!" when they are misbehaving.
Yep! This was one of the best pieces of advice that I got on here. Do not, do not,
do NOT allow her to put herself into your space without YOUR permission.
Anywho have you thought about asking the vet if something hurts? (that is why I did x-rays)
Exactly what I was wondering. My new mare has very good ground manners, but acts like an absolute nut when in pain. If this behavior, as you say, is not typical, I would first rule out pain. Most horses are big babies about pain.
Good luck, sounds like you're having improvement, anyways!