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post #1 of 5 Old 06-29-2009, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Got the hooves trimmed with minimal problems!

[Thanks to appylover31803 for the suggestion of using treats]

I'm not real fond of using treats to motivate a horse, but I think with AZ, it was the key. The only time he balked was when our farrier first tried to lift his foot, but as soon as he allowed him to hold his foot without struggling, he got a baby carrot. He figured out pretty quickly that "standing still = carrot" and it worked! He was very very good for the farrier. We'll continue working with his foot issues, but it's a relief to know we won't need sedatives for the procedure.

Dixie was no problem at all of course, with the demeanor of "Ok, let's get this over with while I take a nap" The funny part about the farrier trimming Dixie's hooves was AZ's interest in the whole procedure. He watched the farrier trim every hoof with utter fascination

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-29-2009, 09:10 PM
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[quote=goldilockz;338925Dixie was no problem at all of course, with the demeanor of "Ok, let's get this over with while I take a nap" The funny part about the farrier trimming Dixie's hooves was AZ's interest in the whole procedure. He watched the farrier trim every hoof with utter fascination [/quote]

One of the things I love about horses is their personalities. Both our oldest and youngest mares are like your Dixie..."I'll just take a nap while you're trimming...wake me up when it's over." Our middle mare, the very curious and playful one, though, will take my hoof pick out of my pocket, pull my hat off, and when I'm rolling over her front hooves with the rasp, will rest her head on my shoulder watching what I'm doing like an inspector (I can just hear her saying "You missed a spot").

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I can totally see AZ doing that once he's to the point of complete calm during the process. He used to steal hats off of people's heads and run around in circles.

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Whatever works I say!

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-29-2009, 09:48 PM
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That's great that he did so well.

He will learn, if you don't get to a point where he is 100% comfortable with getting trimmed, that when the farrier comes out it means chow time.

Gem has nipped my farrier in the butt a few times when he rasps his front hooves. He's such a character at times.

Vega will fall asleep, just did the last time she got trimmed, and proceeded to put all of her weight into her head which I was holding.
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