hooves!!! - Page 2
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

hooves!!!

This is a discussion on hooves!!! within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        06-26-2008, 02:09 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Thanks ill keep that in mind northernmamma!
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        06-26-2008, 09:52 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    I find that draft breeds figure out pretty quick that they are bigger and can avoid having their feet handled by "wiggling" as I call it. LOL If he's not spooky and accepts handling well, I doubt he's having a fear /"prey animal" response. It's more like "I don't wanna". I disagree with the theory that trying to fight the pawing is the wrong thing. I giving up too soon is more likely the problem.

    Seriously, the best advice I noticed on here so far was use of ropes. NOT to tie the horse down and break his spirit, but to keep you out of harm's way and to make it a lot easier on your back! Plus, any horse should learn to remain calm at the feel of a rope or something on his legs.Yes, you want to desensitize him to the rope and you can use a whip to touch him first without getting tangled up (not for hitting) although, if he's aiming kicks at you, I'd pop his little ankles for each kick-its completely not acceptable !!! If he's just kicking out, just stick with trying to touch them.

    Getting a farrier or trainer that has experience in handling the big guys will help, but warn him that it's an untrained one you have trouble with. He/she can (for a fee) proabably get you started and you take over the daily handling/reinforcement.

    I've worked on a handful of drafts..I'm not an expert on handling them, but I have been able to trim them successfully and safely for all involved. But it did take cooperation from the owners, and time. I don't think you can be too firm with these guys, they are too big to take chances, and I've not had any act like they resented me for making them stand still, or resisting their pawing or whipping kicking legs.... Like rebellious kids that respect a firm teacher. But I digress....

    With such a large animal (but really, even with light breeds) careful use of ropes are a huge help and keep you safe. Please, get help and soon. Team effort is best in this case, at least at first.
         
        06-26-2008, 12:42 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Thanks, yeah I am definitely going to try the ropes thing. That was my original plan as I've said. Becuse those monster hooves are just not working for me.im probably going to hurt my back if I try and stay with his wiggling! You made it sound like a great plan.. thanks!
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:48 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0