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post #1 of 44 Old 06-25-2013, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Horse pulls back when being shod

So My horse has developed a bad habit (doesn't do it every time) but he is fine to be trimmed and have his shoes pulled but as soon as my farrier turns on his oven to heat up the shoes (not sure if that's the correct term) he gets wide eyed and snorts and kinda has a mini panic. He HATES hot shoes being placed on his feet. The sizzling freaks him out but even when my farrier goes to nail his shoes on he will pull back because he's being an ass.

Last time he almost got cut with a nail that was sticking out of his hoof because he pulled back and wouldn't let the farrier cut it. He just kept backing up and everytime he almost impailed himself.

What can I do to stop this? It's only when putting shoes back on and I know he's being a brat. It worried me because like last time he could've caused himself a boat load of damage if he cut himself.

Any ideas?
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Put a twitch on his nose. The lip is squeezed until it's numb and what happens is it releases a large amount of endorphins so the horse becomes "stoned". He'll stand quietly with a twitch. Vets use this technique sometimes for a fairly quick procedure rather than a tranq.
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I know. I thought of that but he already has issues with his muzzle and ears being touched that we've been slowly over coming. I'm afraid if I do that it'll be back to square 1
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Does he have to hot shoe him?

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It's not a great answer, but my vet mentioned a sublingual tranquilizer when we were discussing something else. Maybe give him something, even just a tube of quiet-ex, to make it a less traumatic experience? Also, is he maybe in pain? My mare drug the farrier all over to get her shoes after she foundered. Getting them nailed on was really painful for her, so she was ugly about it. My farrier was thankfully very patient and she got better about it as she felt better. Honestly, it would have been better for all of us if I'd had a tranquilizer of some description. I wouldn't want to do that long term, so hopefully he'd get more used to the shoeing.
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He will do it regardless of a hot shoe or cold shoe. And he was just diagnosed with navicular so he is in some pain. We are currently treating it.
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Setting back is a real irritating issue, you should tie with a sturdy rope halter that goes around a sturdy hitch so that if he pulls he cant get free. Or you can use a first form war bridle and hold him with that.
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He also has a diagnosed 1-2 degree rotation of the coffinbone, as you wrote in another thread, and is currently lame. That means he at least, HAD laminitis at one point, and most probably has a flare- up.
His hoof is inflamed. Or was inflamed not too long ago. And he has been shod with that inflammation in his feet. Hammering an inflamed hoof hurts. Bad. So he associates the heating and shaping the shoe with the pain to come.

Have you ever had something embedded under your nail? It hurts, doesn't it? Now imagine you had to carry your own weight on that hurting fingernail. And somebody would drive nails in it.
So maybe a little reassurance and a bag full of carrot pieces is in order. Not a twitch or the like..
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Double post. Oops.

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Is there any way you can put a folded up dish towel or something under the hoof he'll be standing on? It's pain from the reverberation of hammering(as the actual hammering of the nails in doesn't hurt them) and from having to put A LOT of weight on a lame foot at the same time. Try and give the poor guy a break as much as possible. I know it must hurt for him, so try and take it slow. Him jerking his foot away and pacing around is telling you he's had enough. It takes a patient farrier so I hope yours is. But at the same time, pain is no reason for disrespect.

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