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baggpuss2009

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baggpuss2009 says:

my new horse wont be shoed

hi all i have owned my horse tilly for only 2 weeks she is verry head shiy n wont let the farria put shoes on hur , hur feet needed triming but when he tried to shoe hur she reared up n shook he then twiched hur to carm hur down but it made hur worce in the end he gave up n told me to handle hur feet moor n dope hur to put shoes on hur i realy dont wont to drug hur as it may make things worce wot should i do , all so she is verry head shiy how can i help hur with hur nerves ?????

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Miss Moss

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Miss Moss says:

Re: my new horse wont be shoed

Sometimes when the horses is stressed a twitch wont work, sometimes dopeing dosnt as it just makes them feel more out of control so can make them react worse. You just need to build her trust up slowly but she may begin to trust you and not the farrier so he will have to patient and kind to her so she begins to trust him. The more love and understanding you show the more she will trust you. doont get angry as you have to remember its not her fault she is the way she is and will only not trust you. nearly all my horses have been badly handled and you will get over this with time!!! Good luck hope you achieve what want with her, sure you will!!!

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brook

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brook says:

Re: my new horse wont be shoed

Hi, do you know anything about her history and has she ever been shod before ? As you have only had her for 2 weeks she is still settling into her new surroundings and really needs to be able to trust you first. Spend plenty of time grooming her and maybe lead her out for some grazing in hand. Also just spend a bit of time watching her in the field so that she gets used to you and knows that you are not going to hurt her. Does she let you pick out her feet without too much distress ? If she does this is a good start, you can gradually build up from there. Be careful, however that you don't get kicked. With the head shy problem, again she needs to trust you and this could take some time. You could start by finding her itchy spot ( usually around the wither area ) and over a period of several days gradually move your hand up her neck gently stroking her. If at any time she becomes stressed or nervous, take your hand back down until she's comfortable with it. Hopefully in time she will allow you to stroke her head and face. You will need to be patient with her and you could also ask the farrier next time he visits your yard to spend a few minutes with her and not actually try to shoe her, just handle her feet and legs until she gets to know him better, if he is'nt very sympathetic it may be an idea to find another farrier who is willing to go slowly and help build her trust. Good luck. 

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: my new horse wont be shoed

Hi, i had exactly the same with coco he although he didn't rear or anything he just hadn't got a clue what we were trying to do to him! It sounds as if she has had some rough handling in the past so u will need to be gentle with her and take it slow, this isn't something u can fix quickly. How is she to have her feet picked out and handled? If good, just do as much as u can with her, try tapping her feet with the hoof pick to get her used to the sound and feel. Try introducing her to the farrier tools (u can get most quite cheaply and always a good idea in case u loose a shoe or something!). U could also ask ur farrier to come out, not to shoe her but just to pick her feet up a bit and gain her trust a bit. Re twitching, coco just gets more arguementative and stressed with the twitch on. At the moment we have the vet out to sedate him each time, which i hate but it is a temporary measure as i work on his feet every day and we can now shoe his front feet without sedative which is a huge achievement, i was so proud of him! U will get there, every time she even tries give her loads of encouragement and praise and whatever u do dont get angry with her as she has obviously been hurt in the past and is just scared, she needs u to prove that she isn't going to get hurt and it's all going to be ok! Good luck! X

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Johanna28

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Johanna28 says:

Re: my new horse wont be shoed

I had loads of suggestions until I read everyone elses posts! They have already said everything I would have. Just be patient and she'll come round in the end. Good luck x

CONI x x

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Endurance Arabians

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Re: my new horse wont be shoed

None of my Arabs will be twiched, if you atempt to put a twich on my 5yr old he will just rear up. Did the farrier try to hot shoe your horse??? If your not doing lots of very hard road work i.e lots of troting and long hacks over 2hrs long on the road or stoney tracks then you be ok with going bare foot till your horse trusts the farrier more,  when your horse is better with his feet (sorry if its a her) then ask your farrier to put just front shoes on for a few time if he will as for your horse to be cold shod as the smell upsets some horses and when hes ok with this ask for back shoes then few months later try hot shoeing. If you can when someone on your yard is having there horses shod (hot shoeing) then stand your horse near by so he can get used to the sound and smell, this is how i train all my young arabs, as for handerling this will come as you pick his feet up twice a day and before you know it you be woundering what you were worried about.

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soniadevereux

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Re: my new horse wont be shoed

My old mare hated being shod if she was in a production line, as she sensed that the farrier was rushing and this made her really tense, she really messed about and we did everything to her on his first 2 visits, after which i said enough and found another farrier. This guy was calm and quiet, and did on foot at a time. That is remove shoe, trim and re-shoe, this meant only 1 foot was unshod at a time and if her feet were sore it didn't matter as she could cope with 1 but not all 4! Time is the essence and so is patience. We pay farriers for their service and they should be able to do what we ask. Good luck xx

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baggpuss2009

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baggpuss2009 says:

Re: my new horse wont be shoed

Miss Moss said:

Sometimes when the horses is stressed a twitch wont work, sometimes dopeing dosnt as it just makes them feel more out of control so can make them react worse. You just need to build her trust up slowly but she may begin to trust you and not the farrier so he will have to patient and kind to her so she begins to trust him. The more love and understanding you show the more she will trust you. doont get angry as you have to remember its not her fault she is the way she is and will only not trust you. nearly all my horses have been badly handled and you will get over this with time!!! Good luck hope you achieve what want with her, sure you will!!!


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baggpuss2009

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baggpuss2009 says:

Re: my new horse wont be shoed

Miss Moss said:

Sometimes when the horses is stressed a twitch wont work, sometimes dopeing dosnt as it just makes them feel more out of control so can make them react worse. You just need to build her trust up slowly but she may begin to trust you and not the farrier so he will have to patient and kind to her so she begins to trust him. The more love and understanding you show the more she will trust you. doont get angry as you have to remember its not her fault she is the way she is and will only not trust you. nearly all my horses have been badly handled and you will get over this with time!!! Good luck hope you achieve what want with her, sure you will!!!


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baggpuss2009

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baggpuss2009 says:

Re: my new horse wont be shoed

till is 12 years old , we got hur from a dealer that said she had come from a trecking center n was good to ride as fear as she new , she had frount shoes on but thay was verry overgrown n so i thort she would be ok to she , she is on the skinny side so im feeding molly cop , build up mix , beet , 2 times a day , she hates being in hur stable but i work shifts so 1 week she will be turned out at 9 am n in at 1 so not much time , the farrea said to work on handling hur so will keep u all posted

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bluesianny

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bluesianny says:

Re: my new horse wont be shoed

Hi

I dont know if this will help but i have been reading a web site where the horse did exactly the same thing. 

This lady started doing something called hair slides where you take 1 inch sections of main and you sort of back comb it with your fingers towards the neck. She would then move onto the next section, this seem to not only calm the horse but also distracted it. This was not a cure straight away but with perserverence the horse is now fine. i have not tried this but it sounds good and its worth a try.

 

  

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