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Re: [RC] [RC] sticking them with a horse nail - Howard Bramhall

The point of a horshoe nail is one of the sharpest objects you can find. Why not just pull out a switchblade knife on the poor horse (poor because someone would even think of using such a training method)?

That point of the nail is the danger of shoe'n a horse. It will go thru the layers of human skin quicker than any scalpel. Watch your farrier sometime and notice how quickly he will cut off that point, for his own safety, when he shoes your horse.

Please, find another method of training. Or, another hobby.


From: Bar JM Ranch <barjmranch@xxxxxxxxx>
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [RC]   sticking them with a horse nail
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 12:21:14 -0800 (PST)

I have heard of this but not as discipline. I rode
western pleasure quarter horses in the seventies. A
mare I showed had been stuck with a nail to teach her
to keep her head below the horizontal. I never used a
nail on her and wouldn't want to, but whenever her
head would drift too high in the show ring, all I had
to do was poke her at the top of the withers, just in
front of the saddle horn, with my finger and she would
lower her head again.

Again, don't advocate, but I believe this was the
original intention. I have also shown Tennessee
Walkers and American Saddlebreds (in the seventies)
and saw many using hot sauce under the tail to
"encourage" a high tail carriage in horses that didn't
have the tendon cut and tail set.

Melanie in Greece


Melanie in Greece


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