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RE: [RC] Handling the Horse & Shoes - Jim Holland

Kelly, your horse will be expected to allow the Vet to do ALL those things
described in Article 8...including picking up all 4 feet...and to stand
quietly while it's going on.  

It doesn't happen frequently, but it's not uncommon for a Vet to disqualify
a horse because of behavior.  I have seen it happen quite a few times.

You will probably be in a lot of lines waiting for vets, waiting for timers,
waiting to start, etc. Other riders do not exactly appreciate having to
dodge an unruly horse...it's dangerous to riders and other horses.

I wrote the articles for just that reason...to provide some insight into
what is expected of you and your horse at a ride.  Keep in mind that the
behavior of your horse is also an issue if the horse has to be treated.  For
example, if your horse sustained an injury to a rear limb and you can't
handle her back feet, it makes it difficult for the treatment Vet to isolate
the problem and treat it.

Just as you are responsible for your horse's welfare, you are also
responsible for her behavior.

As to shoes, it depends on the quality of your horse's feet and the type of
terrain...and your personal preferences.  Many of the rides in the SE are
flat, sandy, with no rock.  There are also those where you need not only
shoes, but pads.  When in doubt, call the Ride Manager and ask for a

After you have volunteered at a few rides, you will gain the knowledge you
need to determine what would be a best first ride for you.  Be sure to
attend the "new rider" session held after the ride meetings in the SE.  You
can get most of your questions answered there.  Everyone will be happy to
help you get started.  (Hang out around the Vet Checks....You will also get
to see what is required of a horse from a behavior standpoint)  

Good luck....hope to see you out there.

Jim, Sun of Dimanche+, and Mahada Magic

-----Original Message-----
From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-
owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kelly
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 12:19 PM
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] Handling the Horse & Shoes

I am a newbie and I have a question about horse
handling. On the SouthEast Endurance Riders
Association webpage, they have a section on education
that consiste of training articles. Article #8 is
about teaching the horse to be handled. So my
questions are:

1. Can someone please tell me what to expect with my
horse being handled by the vet, etc..
2. Will it be a requirement to pick up all four of my
horses feet if there are no signs of something wrong?
3. I understand the contiversey between shoes and
barefoot and I do not want to get into a debate about
which is better. Can I please get some brief details
about the pros and cons to shoes and barefoot.
4. With shoes, is it best to have them on all four
feet or will the front two be ok?
5. I am excited about attending my first ride and I
will be volunteering this Oct23rd at a ride. My
question is, when I feel my mare is ready, what type
of ride should I go to first. A more training ride at
15 miles or a normal 25 LD?
6. Looking for a training type ride, where do I go to
find these in the Southeast and what are they called.

My issues and concerns with this topic.
I am not sure the background of my mare, but I do
know that it is Heck, to mess with her back feet. I
have been working with rubbing my hands down her
legs, but I am still weary of her right side.

1. My fear is getting her to an event and not being
able to work with her rear hooves.
2. She has had shoes on her front end but my concern
is that I am not sure how well she will do with the
back end.
3. My mare is pretty good with me handling her. My
concern is how she will act with other people handling

Any ideas, help or suggestions...
Thanks Kelly


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[RC] Handling the Horse & Shoes, Kelly