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post #1161 of 1323 Old 11-30-2015, 10:33 PM
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Hoof pic, what was your trainer working on with your mare before they had to quit?
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Here is my post about the session from an older thread about walking a horse over a tarp:

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I remembered to get my raggedy old tarp out today, and am reporting back on it.
Am overall pleased. Was very windy, so windy that when I got home I saw some of the skirting had blown off my neighbors house trailer!

So I had to hold it down with landscaping poles, which are longer than the tarp is wide so they stuck out on one side.

I stood on the tarp and had him circle around me, bringing in the line making smaller circles until he had to step over the pole ends. And back and forth until he was stepping on the tarp, then walking between the poles over the tarp, but did not get him to stop on top of the tarp. Took off his halter, ask him to come to me on to the tarp and he did.

Put the poles away, wrapped the tarp around a fencepost, put the other horse that was loose in the arena away. Came back, haltered took the wildly flapping tarp in my hand and had him follow loosely behind for a while.

Stopped, put my foot on a corner of it, and sent him back and forth close to it, allowing him to stop and urging him to put a foot on it, then he crossed it but of course it snagged a bit on his foot which got him pretty wide-eyed. So patiently did it again, and ended as soon as he went over it again, of course it was not laying flat so although all 4 feet stepped on it, not all at once.

Couldn't do anything in the barn aisle, as soon as I set it down the wind blew it clear to the other end.

I did not just try to lead him by my side across it, or stand on the other side and try to pull him across. Only tried to cue him forward onto, or over it and let him work it out for himself.

I felt it was beneficial, a self-confidence builder and trust-in-me exercise.
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I hate to say it and hate to bring it up again but Im getting worried again getting steel toe boots for just around the barn. Im reading stories of people who had the steel bend into their foot and they had to have the boot cut off by EMTs and some even lost their toes!!!!

How much weight does a steel toe boot handle without bending?

Also, do you get what you pay for in steel toes? Even though some cheaper ones at say walmart still have the CSA approval rating and good reviews as say $200 ones.
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Hoof pic, what was your trainer working on with your mare before they had to quit?
My trainer now? Well shes not quitting, she just feels that my mare will be much better off being ridden in the spring and that when its too cold, theres no benefit for her.

I didnt really find out too much detail but she was working on her bending on both sides and really working her weaker side.
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I really don't think you need steel toed boots. Be careful and watch where your feet go. I have only been stepped on twice in almost 20 years of daily horse handling. Just wear good leather boots and you will be fine.
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I really don't think you need steel toed boots. Be careful and watch where your feet go. I have only been stepped on twice in almost 20 years of daily horse handling. Just wear good leather boots and you will be fine.
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I think I do, Im very lucky (saying this is a huge understatement) I havent had any broken toes. I do watch where my feet are but the last time she had her back foot up (was asking her to lift it) and when she put it down, she didnt put it straight down but it came out like 30 degrees outward and clipped my baby toe (which was in my thick mud boot). I totally was not expecting this because she has never put her foot down like that, at an angle.
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Here is my post about the session from an older thread about walking a horse over a tarp:
Thanks, im going to try this out. Thank you very much for the detailed instructions on working with the tarp.
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Thank you, but it really wasn't detailed instructions.
It was just the way it worked out that day.

I just worked with horse that was in front of me, under the conditions that were presented. (ie In the moment.)


P.S. One of the best obstacles to get, in my opinion, is a 4' x 8' piece of 3/4" plywood. The kind for flooring, not the composite kind.

Lay it out on flat ground and start by getting the horse to step on it, then over it, then onto it and stop, then on, stop and back off, then go over it while circling, and so forth.

Work from standing on both sides of the plywood, and approaching from either end, and either side too.

Then put something on each side of it, like cones or barrels, and do it all again.
Then put something under it, like pallets, and do it all again.
And so forth, ....


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Thank you, but it really wasn't detailed instructions.
It was just the way it worked out that day.

I just worked with horse that was in front of me, under the conditions that were presented. (ie In the moment.)
Thanks

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P.S. One of the best obstacles to get, in my opinion, is a 4' x 8' piece of 3/4" plywood. The kind for flooring, not the composite kind.
Ok and just put it on top of the tarp?

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Lay it out on flat ground and start by getting the horse to step on it, then over it, then onto it and stop, then on, stop and back off, then go over it while circling, and so forth.

Work from standing on both sides of the plywood, and approaching from either end, and either side too.
What if you cant get the horse to step on it? I feel once I can accomplish this with my mare, I will have no problem with the rest and her walking on it, stepping on it and standing on it etc.

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Then put something on each side of it, like cones or barrels, and do it all again.
Then put something under it, like pallets, and do it all again.
And so forth, ....
What does cones on the sides of the tarp and pallets under do?

I wont have access to pallets but cones yes.
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I don't think she meant the horse would step on the pallet.....they break when *I* step on them!!

Sorry! I wasn't clear on my question....I was just wondering if you had seen her walk, trot, lope, etc. I knew she was taking a winter break.

I would not do steel toes.....more from a fashion standpoint than anything else, LOL!! I know that doesn't concern you, Hoofpic!

I am pretty good at knowing where the feet are going....and dancing out from under them before they land on my foot.
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