Mind Your Manners

Is your horse well-behaved for the farrier?

Yes, he always stands still, lifts his feet when asked, and doesn't lean or kick.
My horse is well-behaved most of the time, but could still use training with the farrier.
No, my horse is a struggle for the farrier or shows obvious signs of stress or discomfort when getting his feet worked on.

Total votes cast: 896

Comments & Write-in Answers

proper ground manners=essential

3/3/2014 10:33:33 PM

it's the horse owners job to train the horse for the farrier, not the farriers job.

3/3/2014 8:46:31 PM

The farrier shouldn't have to train your horse to behave.

3/3/2014 8:29:55 PM

My horses & I know & practise natural horsenamship. Problem solved!

3/3/2014 7:59:54 PM

I'm the barefoot trimmer. King gently let's me know when he wants to put a foot down.

3/3/2014 6:56:43 PM

of course it depends on the farrier too. Some farriers crank my horses legs into uncomfortable posi

3/3/2014 4:53:21 PM

I used to have one that was a nightmare to shoe for the first 2 years so I am grateful for mine now.

3/3/2014 4:24:57 PM

I'm the hoof trimmer here!

3/3/2014 4:23:54 PM

Was hobbled by the "cowboys" as a colt. This has created long term problems.

3/3/2014 4:16:43 PM

One of my horses has trouble with heel pain and is fussy when a leg is lifted long enough to shoe

3/3/2014 11:56:00 AM

my farrier always compliments my well-mannered OT Standardbred

3/3/2014 11:08:05 AM

Bit difficult with his back legs

3/2/2014 10:34:51 PM

My trimmer uses a electric grinder and all 4 of my horses look forward to her giving them manipedis;

3/2/2014 4:41:53 PM

Worked extensively with both my horses to ensure good manners.

3/2/2014 3:33:41 PM

My horse AND farrier are great-my horses naps during his trim!

3/2/2014 3:18:00 PM

Sedation is necessary for my horse to be safely shod and to be able to do good work on her hooves.

3/2/2014 12:27:16 AM

I trim my own horses, so they do behave!

3/1/2014 10:16:18 PM

My mare stands ground tied.

3/1/2014 9:15:41 PM

A horse (or a person!) MUST be respectful of another's space and safety. Period.

3/1/2014 6:58:09 PM

One is very good, two 'rescues' need more work but are getting better

3/1/2014 4:39:59 PM

My gelding is wonderful with trimmer, however; my mare doesn't like her rear feet being trimmed.

3/1/2014 3:18:12 PM

usually only once he will pull a hind leg away.

3/1/2014 12:55:35 PM

Well behaved but easily bored, and arthritic. He hates standing still that long.

3/1/2014 1:52:03 AM

My mare loves her feet done, it's like a pedicure, my shore loves her!

2/28/2014 11:47:28 PM

I also have a wonderful farrier who is extra kind with the geriatric horses.

2/28/2014 8:31:01 PM

She's nervous for anyone picking her hind legs up but allows me to do so comfortably

2/28/2014 6:10:02 PM

That is conditional on whether it is the farrier or his assistant. Has no patience for the asst.

2/28/2014 6:09:04 PM

I don't accept anything less but I do bute the seniors ahead, flexing is easier

2/28/2014 4:35:26 PM

I am my own farrier, and most of my horses are a breeze, even the foals. Easy and gentle!

2/28/2014 10:55:30 AM

my horses are trained from birth with the farrier

2/28/2014 7:43:42 AM

My farrier does not use a hoof stand and my horse likes to lean on him.

2/28/2014 1:10:40 AM

Mine are good because I have good farriers who don't try to intimidate the horseapproach

2/27/2014 11:57:25 PM

Parelli works!

2/27/2014 9:03:42 PM

I actually sedate my thoroughbred gelding for my farrier as I do not want him hurt....

2/27/2014 7:53:58 PM

daily hoof cleaning by me needed or not makes the job for the farrier a breeze.

2/27/2014 6:40:38 PM

most of my horses and donkeys have been rescued or badly mistreated

2/27/2014 6:37:24 PM

Earlier difficulties were resolved with stretching hind limbs and chiropractic

2/27/2014 12:11:31 PM

he is a poster boy for vet and farrier work

2/27/2014 9:55:12 AM

Now my farrier understands my horse, they work well together

2/27/2014 3:28:12 AM

1 out of 4

2/27/2014 1:20:30 AM

Sometimes he get fidgity and leans back when stan three legs for to long...flat soles.

2/27/2014 12:39:56 AM

My boy loves his farrier and is always a good boy

2/26/2014 11:08:47 PM

never had this problem before. p erfect till we get to the hinds.

2/26/2014 10:59:31 PM

Frankly I would prefer farriers be more respectful of the horses when lifting the hind limbs high

2/26/2014 9:09:24 PM

I believe it is the responsibility of the horse owner to ensure a safe environment for the farrier

2/26/2014 6:20:31 PM

Being a farrier I will tell you there are VERY FEW #1 a lot of # 2 and too many #3

2/26/2014 6:07:52 PM

My horse does not like putting a foot on the stand. Last time his feet were done I took his foot and

2/26/2014 5:50:42 PM

Altho a couple of them are fascinated with the hats the farrier wears - love to take them off!

2/26/2014 5:21:22 PM

If your horse is anything but the top choice, you need to do some work with your horse!

2/26/2014 5:08:53 PM

It took a while but developed good behavior.

2/26/2014 4:55:26 PM

Of course! I trained her to pick up her feet when I tap her leg.

2/26/2014 4:35:34 PM

Mostly good. Every once in a while he leans.

2/26/2014 4:27:16 PM

I am a farrier- I'm happy my horses are so good-my clients would laugh if they weren't!

2/26/2014 4:18:36 PM

I used clicker training with each horse. Works very well!

2/26/2014 4:10:45 PM

All my horses are trained to stand quietly and be respectful.

2/26/2014 3:58:02 PM

She totally loses it; Complete freak out!

2/26/2014 3:48:23 PM

I have a 5 yr old mini mare and a 22 yr old Arab gelding.

2/26/2014 3:19:24 PM

He rears up about an inch and slams his foot down. He was burned then beaten in the past.

2/26/2014 2:48:07 PM

Another question is if the farrier is always well-behaved for the horse ;)

2/26/2014 1:52:57 PM

Its very hard in our area to find any farrier-let alone a good one.

2/26/2014 1:49:20 PM

Having a patient farrier and consistent handler turned a struggle into a "ho hum" experience.

2/26/2014 12:26:54 PM

as a farrier I hear people say all the time how well behaved there horses are then they act like id

2/26/2014 12:26:47 PM

I attribute a lot of my horses' good behavior to my farrier himself.

2/26/2014 12:07:54 PM

All of my horses are well behaved and my farrier is awesome!

2/26/2014 12:06:48 PM

I have one out of three that will stand perfect and the other to are good but need work

2/26/2014 11:45:43 AM

Three out of four feet agree, the farrier is a good guy...that last foot, not so much

2/26/2014 11:09:50 AM

Have three horses and all of them are very well behaved.

2/26/2014 10:56:30 AM

Maybe the odd lean, but generally very good

2/26/2014 10:52:50 AM

she's only 10 months old, so will try to pull her feet away at times.

2/26/2014 10:52:15 AM

an ill behaved horse puts a farriers life at risk!

2/26/2014 10:46:38 AM

We trim all our own thoroughbred farms horses feet, our stallion is very cooperative.

2/26/2014 10:42:43 AM

It's OUR responsibility, not the farriers, to train our horses for the farrier.

2/26/2014 10:16:58 AM

Retired racing pacer. He is a pro.

2/26/2014 9:02:27 AM

They're all well-behaved.

2/26/2014 7:12:10 AM

Wonderful most of her 27 years. Even with arthritis.

2/26/2014 1:26:57 AM

My farrier wishes I would teach other how tor train their babies how to stand politely for trimming!

2/26/2014 12:35:43 AM

My farrier can sneak in & out & me not even knowing he came.

2/25/2014 11:53:08 PM

My horse knows manners, and understands they make his life pleasant and easy.

2/25/2014 9:53:06 PM

My horse doesn't need a halter for the farrier. She trusts us.

2/25/2014 7:53:20 PM

She used to be an angel, but after developing a bone spur in her knee it became painful and she beca

2/25/2014 7:40:17 PM

Both are so relaxed they almost go to sleep while being shod

2/25/2014 6:28:50 PM

Arabians, Standardbreds, Walkers & Foster care horses are great for the farrier!

2/25/2014 6:25:26 PM

I think a lot depends on the farrier. If the horse senses he is safe with a farrier, he's good.

2/25/2014 5:24:32 PM

After years of searching and finally finding a good farrier who she now trusts.

2/25/2014 4:56:18 PM

We work on foot manners with all the horses and always hold the horses for the farrier.

2/25/2014 4:40:29 PM

I have nine mountain horses and each one lifts its feet on command!

2/25/2014 4:37:38 PM

My horse is beloved by the vet and farriers---and, of course, by me, too!!!

2/25/2014 4:32:43 PM

Of three horses, two are well behaved all the time, but one reacts badly to one specific farrier, wi

2/25/2014 4:25:47 PM

Both saddle geldings have perfect vet/farrier manners; our mini monster is another story!

2/25/2014 4:08:18 PM

Old ones tend to lean.One of my farriers is very considerate of old joints & she has the best result

2/25/2014 3:48:12 PM

Picking hooves during AM and PM feedings protects our horses and helps farrier

2/25/2014 3:32:34 PM

hooves are lifted each day=used to the routine & my horses like the farrier

2/25/2014 2:39:52 PM

I have a horse in each catagory and an older horse that has arthritis in one leg

2/25/2014 2:37:59 PM

The 33-year old is always an angel, and the two 10 year-olds act up only occaisionally.

2/25/2014 1:44:42 PM

My horse gets antsy after a long period of time of standing and holding its foot up.

2/25/2014 1:12:06 PM

I am my equines' farrier (barefoot hoof trimmer). I listen to what they "say" and give breaks.

2/25/2014 11:07:19 AM

Only when i am standing there! If I am not there, he moves over to the wall and will only pick up LF

2/25/2014 10:58:53 AM

Really it depends on the farrier. My horses like people who are calm and quiet.

2/25/2014 10:55:37 AM

I always picked hooves while she ate. Now she fidgets/looks for food when farrier trims. My fault

2/25/2014 10:36:45 AM

My horse has very good ground manners and respect for humans.

2/25/2014 9:51:14 AM

Used to...but I do them now and do not ask him to twist or go as high. He stopped leaning.

2/25/2014 9:06:43 AM

both became bad when we had to change farriers, changed again and everything is okay

2/25/2014 8:30:04 AM

My farrier says my horse is one of his favorites to work on.

2/25/2014 8:03:44 AM