I saw an article this week about the farriers’ frustrations of shoeing ill mannered horses, so thought this post from last year would be useful reading for many owners of young horses. And believe me, when you find yourself a good farrier it is worth making sure your horse is nice to them!
Why can picking out feet be such a painful learning curve with young horses?
If you look back to their natural lives and instincts, it soon becomes clear. Horses are creatures of flight. So when we pick up their foot we are stopping them running from anything that scares them. Logically, you can see that horses would be reluctant to give you a leg, and only let those they trust pick out their feet.
Picking out feet should become part and parcel of your daily routine, even if your horse is a foal or yearling. When you groom them, let them get used to you running your hand down their legs without flinching or fidgeting. Then, when they are comfortable and trust you touching their leg then try lifting the foot. If it is introduced like this at an early age then your farrier will thank you, and picking out…
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