Farriers often have to work with less than cooperative horses, and sometimes it’s a challenge to assess why a horse is acting the way it is and figure out how to resolve a certain issue. The reward outweighs the effort, though, because many problem horses can then be approached or addressed a little differently — and successfully — without causing future issues.
Each horse is born with its own conformation, but many factors affect skeletal structure and posture as the foal grows up.
Often by the time a farrier is working on that horse’s feet, there are issues that put stress on various parts.
Every farrier at one time or another comes across a horse that’s difficult to work with — or has a reputation of being difficult.
There might be some horses that you would prefer not to have to deal with, but you realize that it’s in your best interest to go ahead and do them.
Farriers are generally prepared to deal with just about any situation they are faced with in terms of the horse’s behavior — determining whether it’s scared, nervous, inexperienced, in pain or spoiled — and having a strategy to successfully handle that horse.
Sometimes the farrier is confronted with a new horse that is averse to being handled, and it is important to be able to tell whether the horse is evasive because it is afraid and nervous or independent and spoiled.
Horsemanship is critical for the safety of you and the horse, not to mention it makes your job easier. Learn some important handling and communication skills in the November 2018 issue of American Farriers Journal.
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