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post #11 of 15 Old 07-27-2013, 09:17 PM
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Ah, I understand now with the lead rope and good to hear you are enforcing the respect. Again, good job for making such progress with her. Now you need to teach her to be tied when you work with her Honestly, this training business never ends
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-27-2013, 09:21 PM
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Well, I've been trimming all our mares out in the pasture for years without them tied. For me, it's just lot less work to take my hoof stand and bucket of tools and brushes out to the pasture and trim them out there rather than put halters on and lead them back to the barn. They don't walk off and the others keep their distance while I'm working. To each his own, it works for me.
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-27-2013, 09:36 PM
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I bring each one out, tie them to the hitching post and work from there.
Evenings that I trim each horse will eat his/her grain while I trim.
All my geldings are OK to trim, the mare will act as though to fall while trimming.
When I don't let go of the hoof she decides to let me complete the task.

They don't get to choose when I trim but they are good about it.

When camping I trim them while on the high line, no problems there either.
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post #14 of 15 Old 07-27-2013, 10:20 PM
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I've gone out and trimmed my mare while she was out free in the pasture. I prefer to have her tied at the barn, though.

My gelding as well, I could trim him in the pasture, but I prefer to have him tied at the barn. Both of my horses are trained to pick a hoof up whenever I ask, saddled or unsaddled, at liberty or tied. I've even picked up their hooves with people on their backs.

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Originally Posted by Cherie View Post
I didn't say I go out and trim them at liberty. I said I could. They are just broke enough that I can pick up any foot on just about any one of them out in the pasture. I carry a hoof pick and pocket knife in my pocket at all times. If I see a horse take an 'off step' I will pick up a foot and check if there is anything in it. I sure would not bother to drag trimming tools out to the pasture.

As a matter of fact, I cannot handle a hoof for more than a few seconds without sitting down. If I have to trim a horse, it has to give me its hoof, let me put in on a hoof cradle and let me sit in a chair to trim it. But, I don't do it without a halter and lead on it and the rope thrown over the fence -- not tied. Since I cannot get out of one's way should it NOT want to just stand there, I want it to be able to go somewhere other than on top of me. Getting too crippled to do much has its disadvantages, but it means every horse I handle has to be well-mannered. That is just good manners that every horse should be taught.
Okay, sorry I misunderstood you.

I got this filly mainly for a companion for my mare. She definitely needed a chance. She had no training, zilch. Her feet were a nightmare. I had a farrier initially trim her and I held her. Thankfully, we were able to get it done w/o sedatives. It wasn't a matter of her not having manners, it was a matter of her not having ever been taught - anything at all. But, she was even tempered enough for her age, just clueless. I prefer to trim at liberty for the exact same reason you mentioned - while I don't sit when I trim - I feel that if they did take a notion to leave while I am trimming they would, in all likelihood, go one of the other three possible directions and get gone - not knock me over. She also has a pigeon toe that needs to be kept beveled - it couldn't "wait" until she was the perfect little well mannered lady. I rarely have "useful" help available to help me w my horses (outside of feeding and whatnot), and the ultimate goal was to trim her at liberty as I do my mare, anyway. I just threw this out for someone that might face the same challenges w the same preference.

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