Ace & the farrier!

This striking 12 year old paint gelding was a bucking stock stallion for all of his life until a couple of days ago. He is now on the road to recovery and trust as he learns that not all humans are bad!

Ace & the farrier!

Postby Juliane on Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:55 pm

Ace's feet were incredibly long when I picked him up from the feedlot. While they were way too long, they were well shaped, evenly worn and not cracked. As he's gained weight and become healthier during his stay with me, his feet have gotten even longer, with his front left hoof starting to crack.

I noticed this a couple weeks ago, but didn't think it was anything to worry about right away. I figured I could at least wait until Ace was ready to meet the farrier. However, on Sunday, when I moved him to my new home, he chipped his front left hoof pretty badly. He wasn't off or unsound, and didn't seem to be in any pain, but it sure looked bad to me. I was incredibly worried about it chipping further, causing severe damage.

So, for the next few days I fretted, worried, stressed and panicked on how I was going to get him trimmed immediately. I even considered calling the vet and paying an obnoxious amount of money to have them come out and sedate Ace. Then, today, I decided to call my friend and farrier, Dan, to see if he wouldn't mind coming out to trim Ace, with the intentions of really just desensitizing Ace in order to prepare him to be trimmed, though likely days/weeks down the road. Luckily, Dan was available immediately and met me at my house an hour later :)

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He started working with Ace one on one, after a brief introduction. Ace was well behaved, but much more worried about Dan. He was very jumpy and skittish with each of Dan's movements. Though, this was the first time a male had handled Ace since being rescued.

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Dan started with petting him all over and gradually moved on to asking Ace to pick up his feet. His first few times he balked in fear, but when Dan was quiet and calm in his reassurances, Ace began to relax.

Here's a quick video clip of Ace interacting with Dan:

http://www.serenitytraining.com/blogima ... -28-06.wmv

Within an hour, Dan was able to trim Ace's front feet. Since this was Ace's first experience with a farrier (I assume?!), we kept it simple. Dan didn't push with filing and rounding the edges, nor using his hoof stand. We also didn't work on his back feet because they weren't nearly as bad and Dan had to leave. However, with as easy as today went, I am positive that Dan could come out in another week or two and finish the job.

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Unfortunately, the chip was deeper than I thought. While it doesn't cause Ace any discomfort, it's not very pretty. Dan did make sure that it won't crack or chip any further, but I can't wait for it to grow out!

Here's the 'after' pics :)

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P.S. If you are on the eastside and need a farrier, call Dan! He ROCKS! He's the best farrier I've ever had! He's new to it and doesn't do it full time, but he's been through a few farrier schools and is meticulous about his work and cares about the horses :)

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Postby myhorsefaith on Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:59 am

cool!

umm Juliane...how do your shoes stay so white out there?

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Postby Nikki on Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:50 am

Wow I am impressed by Dan! I wish I would have been there to see it yesterday! When is he coming back out? I have one horse in mind that could really benefit from his skills and patience... Farfalli the little brat is no friend of any Farrier. She is good with me picking up her feet and working with them, but when it comes to a Farrier and all those scary tools near her back feet she can be quite the witch!
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Postby Juliane on Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:24 am

Ally - LOL Those are my work shoes that I promised myself I wouldn't wear in the pasture *sigh*

But I was late and didn't want to keep Dan waiting as I changed shoes. They've been washed and bleached and are white again :P

Nikki - Dan will be out again in the next week or two as I need to have him do the same thing with Rory, Emma and Sydney. I can let you know when we schedule a time if you want to be here so he can peek at Farfalli too! :)
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Postby Juliane on Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:43 pm

For record keeping purposes.... Ace was trimmed yesterday by my farrier, Margo Hill. He was excellent and trusting, where I thought he'd be nervous and difficult. Margo had him trimmed in less than 25 minutes :)

What a good boy!

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Postby Hope on Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:16 am

WOW, that is really impressive. Look at him. He is really trusting.
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Postby cat_67 on Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:42 pm

Wow, look at the good boy! He probably likes having a woman farrier better. I really got from him that he's a girl's horse.
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