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thunderboomer 11-06-2008 12:12 PM

Major farrier problems- can't keep his balance!!!
My horse has never had any farrier problems until i moved and had to get a new farrier. This farrier doesn't use a stand of any type (which is what my horse is used to), instead he picks up the foot and pulls it out to rest on his thigh. My horse can't seem to keep his balance this way. Also he only gets shoes on the front and he really seems to feel the vibrations with the hammer hit the nail in the hoof. This farrier came highly recommended and my horse has never came up lame or anything after he is done. But my horse is not happy, he pins his ears when he comes. I don't think my farrier is the problem I think there is something wrong with my horse cause he can't stand and keep his balance with his leg being pulled out. My sisters horse has no problem with it and is a farriers joy. Has anyone experienced anything like this? I'm going to have my vet look at him but it won't be for several weeks. Don't know if it will help but he does have a build up of scar tissue in his hind end and is very stiff on his right side from what the person that sold him to me belives is from a trailer accident also my sister who is an upper level dressage rider says he doesn't really drive under himself. I am now wondering if all of this is related some how. He also hates being saddled but I think that may be from the way he was broken in cause he was also ear twitched in the past. Thanks in advanced for your guys help.

hotreddun 11-06-2008 01:19 PM

What I would do first of all is do the same manuever every time before you ride. Just stretch out his leg and put it on your thigh. Im guessing he's just not used to it...probably because they can bear some weight on the stand whereas he actually has to hold his foot out loosely with the thigh technique. Or maybe had a bad memory from a past farrier before you owned him who used that technique. If it still bothers him after several weeks of training...take him to the vet.:?

PaintHorseMares 11-06-2008 09:31 PM

Unless it is a medical problem, just like anything else, your horse will get used to the different 'style' of your new farrier.

Danvers 11-08-2008 12:24 AM

Is this an issue on the fronts or the hinds or both??

thunderboomer 11-10-2008 11:00 PM

its the hind legs that are the problem. When the farrier pulls them out the horse acts like he is going to fall. He hasn't shown any signs of lameness or pain afterwards

Danvers 11-11-2008 12:46 AM

Long, long ago... I used to work without benefit of a "peg," a "stand," a "cradle," or whatever you want to call the hoof stands and props that we commonly use.

Whether you're using your own leg or a stand, the mechanics are about the same when you're working on a front limb. On a hind limb, however, the mechanics work a bit differently...

When you work a hind "in your lap" or on your thigh, you tend to abduct the limb (pulling it outward, away from the midline) more than you do when working it on a stand. Likewise, more often than not, you tend to work the limb higher than you would on a stand.

So... if your horse has scar issues & tissues, working a hind leg in this manner might--especially because of the abduction--cause some instability, pain, irritation, or whatever. It's certainly worth trying a different approach and seeing if it makes a difference.....

QtrHorse 11-11-2008 01:47 PM

Any kind of Ataxia is a dangerous condition for both the horse and anyone around it. I am glad that it is only when your horse's leg is being pulled out. Please ask your vet to do a neurological exam and osteopathicexam during his/her visit. There are many conditions that could cause this type of behavior.
Good luck and hope it resolves itself nicely.

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