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Stableizer/Dangerous to shoe horses
OK, here's one for someone alot smarter than
I! My friend has a 16yo QH gelding who is being ridden by her
daughter. They would like to do just a couple of 15 mi. and maybe a 25 mi
CTR this yr. This horse has developed a definite shoeing problem.
Gaucho was previously owned by a gal who did a couple of seasons of CTR 5 yrs
ago, then bought an Appy. While she used Gaucho, he started to become
unruly during farrier visits. Just general refusal, progressing to
kicking, rearing, lunging forward. This former owner tried everything,
chains, tying up a leg(which almost had the horse break a leg), and
sedating. She worked with the horse, picking up his feet, tapping on his
feet with a hammer. She finally gave up and just put easyboots on his back
feet. Then she leased Gaucho to a family who trail rode only, and light
pleasure riding. This family shod the horse all four feet for a year
with NO PROBLEMS. My friend then purchased this gelding for pleasure
riding but got hooked on our sport. She put shoes on him last season with
some slight resistance, but this year this horse has gone ballistic over
shoeing. The last time she tried, the gelding lunged up and forward
pulling her husband down and stomping on his chest, breaking four ribs.
They have tried everything also, short of sedatives. The Stableizer is
their farrier's last resort.
Any suggestions? Could this horse have learned to
associate distance training with shoeing, or is this too much credit to
the horse? He's a very kind horse every other way, a perfect
beginners horse for this family. They are very discouraged and I don't
have any ideas.
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