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What should I do to prepare my horse's feet for the farrier?
My new-to-me horse is getting a barefoot trim next week, and I wanted to know what I can do to prepare her feet and make the job easier for the farrier.
Right now the conditions around here are wet and very muddy, and they have been for a couple months. I've been treating her for thrush for a couple weeks with some success. It's very hard to beat when she goes right back into the mud after I clean her feet.
Should I scrub them out with soapy water, rinse, and dry with a towel? Leave them just picked and brushed out without washing or rinsing? Make them spotless? Any other ideas?
When my horse's feet are muddy I will hose them off and give a quick dry with a towel. If I remember, I'll pick them out just before the appointment, but thats something my farrier doesn't seem to care too much about.
If you have a dry spot to keep her for a while you can hose off beforehand and keep her there to dry off until the farrier comes.
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If you have a clean, pref dry area for the trimmer to work, great. You could also clean the mud from feet then too. If you don't & the horse will be standing in mud for the job, don't stress - there's no point in cleaning them.
Wipe off mud, pick out feet and have a hardstanding to work on. My friend who has a feathered cob also puts support bandages up over the feather to keep them out the way.
If you greet the farrier with a thermos of something hot and good, he won't mind muddy uncleaned feet.
Interesting thread! I never thought to pick out my horse's feet for a farrier D:
I'm going to have some home made hot chocolate ready for her. :)
I do think that providing a good area for the farrier and making sure your horse stands for the farrier are much more important than dirty feet.
...wish some of my clients were reading this thread!
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