how do i handle “bad behavior” while he’s being shod?
Question by partly cloudy: how do i handle “bad behavior” while he’s being shod?
Have had the hoirse for a year now. We moved 3 months ago, and the new blacksmith is really slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
he is also really patient, and careful not to drive any bad nails.
since the horses feet are so hard to put shoes on, cause there is hardly any wall, it’s really important he stand still.
i never had any problems at the old farm, but now the horse is just getting worse and worse.
he has started to rear and backs away from the blacksmith or snatches his foot back or goes straight up in the air.
i do have the shank over his nose.
i do bring him in the stall first so he can tinkle.
i live way out in the boonies, and do not want a new blacksmith at this time. the current blacksmith does a great job.
he does not rear when i do his feet, while he is tied. he is a perfect gentleman with his feet til the blacksmith comes. would it be ok to give the horse an acepill, for the next session? anyone have some realistic tips?
ps. sorry for all the typos!
I do discipline him when he rears or snatches his foot away, he gets a jerk on the shank.
when i tried a lip shank he really went bonkers, with the head slinging and rearing.
barefoot – thanks for your take, but you are way off the mark.
for starters , as i am sure you know, most tb’s have thin walled feet.
secondly this horse was not ouchy for the past 9 months with his feet.
the 3rd point id like to stress, that it may surprise you that i am actually competent enough to have felt sole/wall pressure early on, when riding him. i switched to glue ons for 8 weeks then to light wieght aluminum with skinny nails.
it will take years to actually get a thicker wall, if ever.
the horse was not reacting to the driving of nails only, but also having the shoes removed, and even having the clenches rasped, which is just ridiculous as this causes no pain whatsoever..
i do not tolerate dangerous behavior from any of my horses. they are always corrected swiftly and firmly and then we go on.
i do not coddle my horses, when its time for them to behave. they have any ez life with me, and simply have to behave or move on. this one is a keeper.
Answer by Laydees .. x
Sorry to hear you have a problem, this happens to most horse owners quite often in there time with a horse. It could be a pain reflex so if you just check the shoes do not give him discomfort. Also if you have a new blacksmith then he will take a while to get used to him. Wait a few more times and see if he settles, if not then you need to use disipline as the habits could get worse. I would suggest staying calm as you will know horses pick up on your every emotion. Carry a whip/crop in one hand and his rope or headcollar ect in the other. Choose a set place and smack him with the whip when he rears or is naughty. Do it immediatly so he knows what he has done, give him time and patience and sympathise with him, it would be horrible to have our feet touched and hammered for ages. I hope this helps and if it dosnt consult a proffesional. 🙂
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