Cassidy and his thoughts on farriers

15+ year old Quarter Horse gelding. Old style QH with substantial bone and muscle. He is aloof, been through a lot of changes and needs someone to focus their attention on him.

Cassidy and his thoughts on farriers

Postby Juliane on Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:35 pm

It was Cassidy's turn to be trimmed today. I wasn't sure how he'd do, but really wanted to see exactly what his issues were with his feet. So, he was the first one to work with my farrier this morning.

He was pretty good with his front feet, though a bit stubborn about holding them up, but nothing out of the ordinary. We were able to complete them pretty quickly.

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However, when it was time to do his back feet, Cassidy wanted nothing to do with it. He wasn't mean or explosive. He didn't act scared or worried. He simply said No. He disregarded Dan's requests to pick up his hind feet by simply side stepping or walking off.

Dan worked with him on the ground for over an hour, many times getting through to Cassidy and being able to pick up his hind feet. However as soon as he set them down, stopped for a moment and then tried again, they were back at square one.

Dan was much more patient with Cassidy than I think I would have been, as what I was seeing was plain refusals from Cassidy. In the end, Dan's consistancy and quiet patience won Cassidy over. 2 hours after we started, Cassidy was completely trimmed :)

I plan to continue some of the groundwork exercises that Dan was doing with him, in order to encourage him to be better about handling his feet. The good part is that he's not dangerous and doesn't strike out with his refusals. That bad part is that he's pretty darned stubborn!!! :P

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Postby myhorsefaith on Tue Oct 10, 2006 8:36 pm

way to go to both you and Dan for helping this dude!

I've known some horses who just seem to have more persistence than any human. Great job proving him otherwise.

The more you uncover those little things, and the more you out persist him, the better off he'll be.

Awesome!

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Postby cat_67 on Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:38 pm

Yeah, and he is a little older so sometimes they start to get stiff behind and it's just not as physically comfortable to pick up those back feet, so they resist. The fact he isn't kicking or getting upset is certainly good news!
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