Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
I have a arab mare that I got this spring. She wasn't particularly well cared for before I got her, and it sounds like she was from a trader before that.
She had shoes on when I got her(march), he said he just put them on, but she had at least 1-2 inches of extra hoof. I pulled them, dewormed her, put her on a good feed, and got her teeth done. Which leads to issue #1
You can bridle her where ever you want, no issue, but other wise she DETESTS having her mouth touched. She needed double the normal sedetive to get her docile enough to have her teeth floated, and the vet actually brought up that she may have been mishandled in some way. Even with more sedative than it took to knock out a draft horse, she still was trying to avoid being touched.
Issue #2 she has been trimmed a couple times no problem, picks up her feet without issue. I went to get a set of shoes on her yesterday, and she was the worst I've ever seen. She would stand stock still to be trimmed and rasped, but as soon as he picked up a shoe she went nuts. She devoted every ounce of her determination into avoiding getting shod. You could see the difference : put down the shoe = relax, pick up the shoe = fight . My farrier is incredible, and did a great job, but I felt terrible.
What makes it really bizarre is I can do anything with her other wise. No problem lunging, tacking up, riding through or over anything. Trusts me to touch her any where, and do anything with her, just with these two exceptions. Has anyone ever seen a horse with these issues?