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        06-26-2013, 08:32 PM
      #11
    Foal
    A twitch can cause more issues but it might help if she has trust issues and if you have a farrier friend have the farrier get a friendship with the horse, also the rope works don't let her have her foot till she stops kicking or she wins and when she stops kicking give her a treat. You know the saying " fastest way to a mans heart is food" same with horses and if you have access to a hoof stand work with it or you could build something similar to the hoof stand that way she can learn it won't hurt her.
         
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        06-26-2013, 08:43 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Thanks Smrobs, I may have to try that. I am on the search for a good farrier too. I understand walking away from a dangerous horse. But he wanted to get it done fast and get his money. He didn't talk to her, he didn't let her meet him before he started, he just picked her front foot up, went to clip, she ripped it away and he called her a viscous horse and said he wasn't going to deal with her. Why is it so hard to find a good farrier?
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        06-27-2013, 12:54 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I had a list of 5 farriers in order of preference and one day I called and they were all booked up for the next month and I needed my horse trimmed sooner then that so I called them back and asked for other numbers and ended up with a list of 20+ so I worked my way thru it from the ones I knew first then to the ones that were closer then till I found one. Also it was such a pain to find one because it was fair season as I call it. So that's one way you can call one ask how the are with the horse and get other numbers or call stables around where you live and ask who their farrier is and for a number.
         
        06-27-2013, 01:00 PM
      #14
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    Originally Posted by swimminchikin    
    And actually... another thought. (I'm not a pro by any means.)

    Should she freak out and the rope is released... would that teach her that a release will come when she panics rather than calmly giving her foot? I'm wondering what a pro would suggest.
    The point of using the rope is so when they freak out, you are not in danger and can hold onto it until the spazz-attack is over. I've had to do this a few times with my one mare and her back feet. Just grab a soft lead rope, loop it around the foot, pick it up, let her try to kick and dance around, until she learns she can't get away with being silly, and all is well.
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        06-27-2013, 01:55 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I need to find a good farrier before I get a list, I wouldn't want any referrals from the guy that I just had out! I just need to learn to trim my own horses` feet.

    As for using a rope, I picked a back foot up with a rope. She kicked like crazy, hopped around and threw a fit. Then just stood there, and I let her have her foot back. After the first time she just gave it tome with no fight. I will keep working on her, she is a fast learner. She has come a long way from when I first met her.
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        06-27-2013, 02:03 PM
      #16
    Showing
    Sounds like you're getting the upper hand there .

    I feel so sorry for you folks that can't find a good farrier. I wish everyone had the opportunities that I do in that respect. I've got 2 good farriers in my family (Dad and Brother, though Dad is getting a little too old to do anything not 100% broke) and another friend who's really good. All of them are also horsemen so they know how to handle a horse that resists a little bit.
         
        06-27-2013, 02:39 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    It sucks, the farrier we have used since we moved to idaho is now retired, he was the best. Now all the farriers I find are either unreliable or just in it for quick money and only want easy horses. I understand that, but why is it so hard to be up front about not being able to handle a difficult horse?
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