Emma meets the farrier!

19-20 year old 13.1h Paint mare was saved from the Yakima Feedlot in March 2006. Is scared of humans and needs to build confidence, love and trust. Entering training in May 2006.

Emma meets the farrier!

Postby Juliane on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:36 am

Emma got to meet Dan, my farrier, yesterday. Her feet were starting to get pretty long, and with my experience with her on Sunday, I felt it was ok to press the issue of working with her feet.

Her first reaction to Dan was that of imminent fear. She was not ok with him touching her anywhere other than her head and neck. She would do all she could to scoot just out of reach, often shaking in nervousness. It was pretty sad at times, and if it were me, I probably would have given up as it seemed like her fear was getting bigger.

However, Dan stuck with it in his calm, gentle nature. And, just when I thought she wouldn't ever give in to his pressures, she did! It took more than 2 hours of working with her before we were successfully able to pick up and trim her front feet. We still have a ways to go in order to get her hind feet done, but at least we've gotten a good start.

Here is a 2 minute video clip of Emma within the first 1/2 hour of meeting Dan. You can see her fear of him is great.

http://www.serenitytraining.com/blogima ... -17-06.wmv

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Postby scaughtk8 on Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:22 am

Poor Emma! She looked so terrified at first, but Dan really got her thinking. She is really trying. Your shoer Dan is wonderful!!! I wish I was his horse :D It was so funny when she started to park out like a halter horse-my old guy was a Morgan halter stud in his former life and when he spooked(ALL the time when I first bought him) when I was riding he would stretch out until he was on his back tippytoes. :wink: Full halter class stretch! WEIRD. It felt super strange up on him but it was pretty cute and was way better than riding away in full panic-stricken gallop. :)
Anyway back to Emma- the video shows a great example of pushing a horse out of it's comfort zone and then releasing the pressure. Emma really wanted to please Dan- she just has a hard time overriding her flood of panic when something is scary. You are doing a great job with her, Julianne. Natural horsemanship at its best. And it looks like your daughter will be a natural too! :D
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Postby Eileen M on Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:51 am

Emma, Emma, Emma !! Note, no fear of the german shephard barking behind her while Dan was working with her :)
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