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post #1 of 8 Old 11-14-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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hoof problems?

so I had my firrer come out and do my horses hooves. And when he was doing my 4 year old he would lean on him and try to get him to drop his hoof and (hes 16.2hh and is probley 1400 pounds) just be a butt, this isnt the first time he's done his feet but this is the first time he's done this. He really good when I pick his feet he's fine and lets me even when he's not tied and in the pasture. Any reason for this? Anyway to prevent him from doing it again?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-14-2011, 07:41 PM
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Took me a minute to figure out what you were asking, you mean your youngster is leaning on someone while he is having his feet done? Not unheard of by far, some horses have poor balance. If you know he doesn't have poor balance, than yeah he's probably just being a butt.

Your farrier didn't say anything to you about it? I find that a little weird, if Indie misbehaved about something my farrier was pretty quick to snap about it (Rightfully so, but that was a few years ago) and also didn't mind giving advice on how to correct the misbehavior.
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Both front feet or just one? If just one, the opposite foot might be sore. Check it out. Maybe since the farrier is holding his foot up for longer it is making him uncomfortable, but when you just pick them out it's not long enough to disturb a sore area.

Try to hold up his feet for longer yourself when you are cleaning to a.) watch for possible soreness and/or b.) train him that he has to keep his foot up until you put it down.

If he's just being a dunce, hold on to that foot! If the horse really wants to go down, let him while you continue to hold his hoof. This may or may not result in him falling onto his knee. Of course do this on soft ground, not in the barn or on gravel. Once may be enough for him to learn.
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so when the farrier has his feet up he is leaning on the farrier trying to get him to let go of his hoof? My horse tried doing that and it stopped real quick. Id go to pic khis front feet and hed lean on me and the lean way back to the point where he'd almost fall and I had no choice but to let go of his foot. So, next time he tried id yell no sharply and poke his belly with the bottom of the hoof pick and that stopped realy quickly


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its all he will try to get away from him and this is his second time with him and he was perfect the first time! And now he was a butt. I've had this firrer for over 4 years and he corrected my QH from a problem like this and he is use to this, it just made me feel like a bad owner. I can pick his feet up in the pasture (i only do fronts unless he's tied/hled by someone) and he is willing. He held my QHs back leg as my QH walked in circles and after so long he stopped and now I can pick up all of his feet(QHs) and he seemed to be okay with my paint doing this and he would get his hoof up right away after he droped it.
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Trust me, when your farrier feels your horse is leaning on him to much he will correct your horse. Only time I've seen farriers not correct horses is when an owner freaks out over seeing their horse punished. They generally don't keep this type of client long unless they really need the work.
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firrer= FARRIER focus!!!
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-15-2011, 04:02 AM
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You pipped me at the post Kevin, I was about to say the same thing!!

Very surprised that the farrier did not do anything about this. If the opposite leg is not sore, my farrier would be giving him a sharp elbow in the shoulder or rib, leaning on the farrier is not on, he's 600kg he can hold himself up

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