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post #11 of 25 Old 11-09-2013, 06:39 PM
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I made some calls to farriers in NH-- the 3 that actually answered are 'too far' from me and are supposed to be calling me back with referrals. I am not really sure what founder is, but whatever is caked in his hooves under that mud/dirt is in there good! Also, maybe that's why I could not get him to move above a walk.

LUNGING--- I tried this in the yard(filled with yummy grass), and could not get any space established between Spike and I. Would not move when i asked him, not even when I smacked a whip against the ground right behind him. I suppose that I could have worked him harder to try to get him moving but I really don't want to lose control(the fence is only 36") and I am afraid that if he wanted to get out-- he COULD! Hy husband was conveniently leaning on the fence watching us, distracting me, and Spike was distracted by barking dogs and cars going by(I live on a main road). Maybe I should get his feet checked before I push him to make him trot/canter, right?
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if you feel your horse is not well enough to follow through, you should not start --- i.e. feet first and then establish your leadership

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i would look up video's on how to clean his hooves -- then decide if you are comfortable with it or would rather be safe and watch the farrier do it --- BEWARE some kick when you try to pick up their feet

lunging is not about making him trot or canter, it is about moving him, at any speed, in the direction you want. this shows him that you are the leader and you make him move, when a horse tries to push you he is telling you that he is above you -- and that can lead to some very dangerous behavior

the threat of force is only as good as the promise to follow through. point, if he doesn't go, then kiss or smooch once and then twice, if he still doesn't go -- tag him with the end of the whip until he does move

by not doing that you are teaching him that you will cause a big fuss but you aren't leader enough to follow through -- kind of like telling a kid if he doesn't clean his room he will get a spanking and then never spanking the kid

#1 rule -- establish leadership first -- fun stuff comes next

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post #12 of 25 Old 11-09-2013, 10:20 PM
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I'm wondering why he was shod in the first place....unless they have significant problems or are worked hard on hard ground, its VERY rare to see a shod mini. I personally never have, anyways.
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post #13 of 25 Old 11-09-2013, 11:39 PM
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If you can't get a farrier I'd call the vet. Maybe should do that anyway. Little guy could be quite uncomfortable. The vet could also recommend a farrier in your area.
And I wouldn't do anything other than groom and spend time with him until you get this hoof thing taken care of.
Don't let him have free access to green grass. A dry pen and grass hay (and water and a mineral block) for now just in case there is an issue.

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post #14 of 25 Old 11-10-2013, 02:12 AM
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This behavior might be because he had a young owner who let him rub on them etc. In a few days try and saddle him up (no riding this time) and putting a headstall and some driving lines on him, see if he knows his simple ques 'Left, right, back, walk and trot' before getting on (You might need a lounge wip)! How much of a beginner are you? If you are pretty new at all this please make sure you have a more experienced person there to help you!
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post #15 of 25 Old 11-10-2013, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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UPDATE on Spike:

I've contacted a local barn/trainer who is willing to give me some handling and groundwork lessons at their barn, and then come out to me to help me work with Spike. She has also told me that their farrier will be there TOMORROW! UGHH :( Hopefully I can get him there and get those shoes pulled, feet trimmed, and hooves picked and he'll be a happy little horse!

This might be a long-shot but does anyone know of any transport services in New Hampshire that would be available tomorrow?? I have already contacted everyone that I could find on craigslist.
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post #16 of 25 Old 11-10-2013, 09:39 AM
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Did he do all this when you went to check him out before buying him?
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post #17 of 25 Old 11-10-2013, 10:00 AM
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I suggest you do a few things to get yourself in a better place:

1 phone the Barn owner and ask her if she or anyone at her barn could transport him to the farrier tomorrow - or go straight to 2

2 ask her for the farrier's number and call him direct. Introduce yourself and make an appointment at your home as soon as possible. Remember this - you must look after your farrier. Without his support you will be lost.

3 call your local equine vet and arrange for a full health check up, plus any vaccinations that are needed.

4 tell yourself to slow down :). Until you know that the little chap is healthy, you should be doing nothing more than caring for him. No training, no lunging.

5 take some photos and share them with us
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post #18 of 25 Old 11-10-2013, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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BooWalker-- he was a polite little gentleman when I looked at him before I bought him, although he did pull the leadline then a bit as well.

I just went out to spend some time with him and he turned into that little gentleman that he was before I bought him. I sat on a bucket in his paddock and nudged my face with his nose for a while, then he actually laid down on the ground and put his head in my lap for about 15 mins! This is HUGE!

I did take some pics of him while I was out there, I just have to figure out how to include them in my post.
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post #20 of 25 Old 11-10-2013, 09:21 PM
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UPDATE on Spike:

I've contacted a local barn/trainer who is willing to give me some handling and groundwork lessons at their barn, and then come out to me to help me work with Spike. She has also told me that their farrier will be there TOMORROW! UGHH :( Hopefully I can get him there and get those shoes pulled, feet trimmed, and hooves picked and he'll be a happy little horse!

This might be a long-shot but does anyone know of any transport services in New Hampshire that would be available tomorrow?? I have already contacted everyone that I could find on craigslist.
Check on Facebook - look at the group "Hitch Your Horse a Ride."
Also check Equinesite.com, and log onto the bulletin board. The New Hampshire board should have plenty of people willing to help!!


I am from MA and find that Horse Forum doesn't have a ton of people from New England.
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