There are many horses that fidget, lean, snatch their feet away or worse still, kick when the farrier is attempting to trim their feet or shoe them.
This can be frustrating for both the owner and the farrier and could potentially cause a breakdown in the relationship between yourself, the farrier and your horse.
Training Your Horse to Stand for the Farrier.
One of the most important aspects of horse care is looking after your horses feet.
We all hope that this is an easy part of horse ownership, but unfortunately this is not always the case.
Finding a good farrier is a job in itself.
Without risking that they may refuse to come back and shoe your horse because it has just taken hours to pick up your horse’s hoof.
Your farrier can see many horses during the course of a day and is usually very busy.
There is also the possibility that you or the farrier could get hurt if your horse is frightened.
And the situation can deteriorate if you and your horse become ever more anxious and upset about a visit from your farrier.
This can create a circle of frustration for all concerned.
The answer for a lot of horse owners is to sedate the horse, and in an emergency situation this can be an acceptable short term solution. However sedating should not be a long-term solution.
It is you, the horse owners, responsibility for farrier training; to train the horse to willingly lift his feet and allow the farrier to work on them.
This can be accomplished fairly quickly by not asking to much of the horse too soon and this even applies to young and older remedial horses.
So, Where to start on farrier training …
Firstly we need to look at the reasons why horses can be difficult when handling their feet.
- A horses first line of defence is to run away, this is difficult if you have hold of its foot. The horse will feel vulnerable.
- The horse has never been properly taught how to lift its feet.
- The horse may have been mishandled in the past while having its feet lifted.
- There may be a physical problem making it painful for the horse to lift the foot you are working on, or put his weight on the other three feet.
Bearing the above points in mind lets click through to page (1) and try to see things from your horses point of view, to help it through the problem rather than blame it for it.