Baby’s First Trim

Brown foal running in grass - Baby's first trim

Spring is about to spring! Time to start seriously thinking about babies. And by that I mean horse babies. Before you know it, they will have to stand still and you will have to trim them. And cute as they are, they are often terrible at standing still and letting people do stuff to them, … Read moreBaby’s First Trim

Stand Up! How to Train Your Horse to Stand for the Farrier

White horse standing and being brushed - Stand up

I am not a farrier, but my experiences with them suggests that nothing is more irritating to their existence than animals who won’t stand still and let them do their ever-loving jobs. There’s no better gift than teaching your young horse, or your older, flight-ready animal, to keep still long enough that the farrier can … Read moreStand Up! How to Train Your Horse to Stand for the Farrier

How to Shoe the Difficult Horse

Brown mare on lead trying to pull away - How to shoe the difficult horse

Of all the things that make being a farrier a difficult job, dealing with horses that would prefer you not do your job on them is probably the hardest. Difficult horses mean longer hours, shorter tempers and stiffer muscles the next day. In the worst situations, they mean real danger for both farrier and owner. … Read moreHow to Shoe the Difficult Horse

How to create a positive shoeing experience: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of a 2 part article series. Read part 1 here. A winning game plan One of the things that determine success is how far and how well we plan ahead. Most farriers are good at planning for the technical aspect of trimming and shoeing a horse and, by the same token, they may … Read moreHow to create a positive shoeing experience: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 2 of 2)

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