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Preparation forthe farrier is avital partofhorsemanship,remember the old saying‘nofoot no horse’! Your farrier is being paid to do ajob not to train your horse so he can do his job.Hereare some training tips and adviceinpreparing your horse fora visit.

1.Make sureyour horse leads properly, stops when youstopand backs up when asked with just body language or lightest pressureonthe lead line.Ask your horse to stand in the same placethenmove off in asmall circle.Ifyour horse can not stand formorethan afew seconds,itis unfair to ask him to stand still whilst your farrier is attempting to work on him.

2. If your horse is very green or young and doesn’t like their legs being touched i.e. movesorkicks,then trymaking afalse‘arm’, asimple broom handle with some padding at the end along with aglove workswell.

3. Starting high up the horse’s leg,work the‘arm’downrubbing and touching all the way. When your horse stopsmoving or kicking remove the arm, give them a rub and go back in with the armagain. If your horse continues tomove or kick just keep lightly touching and rubbing the arm against the horses leg until they stop,keep repeating this pressureand release exercise until your horse is comfortable to be rubbed all overtheir legs with the false‘arm’.

4. Nowyou can progress fromthe false armto your ownhand,make sureyour horse is really

comfortable with your hands running all over their legs beforeproceeding to pick up their feet.Thiswill avoid your horse snatching their legs up when youare asking foragentle lift.

5.When first lifting the legs an old walking stick can be very useful particularly,with hind legs.Make surethe hook partisn’t tootight so as to avoid hooking on to the leg.Atthis pointitisvital thatyour horse is balanced and stood square. Placethe hook under the fetlock joint, gently lifting and rotating in aslightcircle as youlift. Therotation movementwill help your horse relax rather than aliftwith ahardbrace and grab.

Nowyou can gradually increase the

time the foot is elevated. Remember to keep rotating the foot increasing gently the sizeofthe circles and direction and repeatthis through all joints,softening your horse forwhen the farrier takes over andmovesyour horse’s legs into shoeing and trimming positions.

6.When your horse will stand patiently to liftall four feet in turn, startpicking them out,tapping them with your hand and even running arasp around them if possible.When your farrier is visiting your yard to shoe other

horses,just ask them to pick up your horse’s feet so as to begin to build the relationship. Agood farrier will be morethan happytodo this as alittle time spentnow will serve well forthe futuremaking their job much easier.

7. If your horse doesn’t like the smell of the farrier i.e.burnt hoof,itmay sound alittle bit strange,but ask your farrier to borrow an old sweatshirtyou can wear yourself when practicing feet handling.Failing thatalittle cloth tied to the head collar coveredinsomething sweet smelling like deodorantthathangs down to the horses nose,will mask the smell.

8.When your farrier is working on your horse,alittle feed can be agreat distraction whilst your horse is learning and helps give apleasantassociation to the experience. Ahot cup of teaand abiscuit always goes down well with your farrier too!

Remember anytime spentwith your horse should be fun!!

Notall farrieryproblems aresoeasy to overcome,ifyou arehaving problems then please call Granton07548374289 or visit

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Grantisaspecialist trainer of young and problem horses based on the borders of Northamptonshire/ Oxfordshire. He grew up around horses and representedEngland through the Pony Club at age 14. With abackground in National Huntracing and professional rodeo and having worked with manyhorsescovering all equine disciplines over the last 26 years, his experienceofhorses is vast. Grant joined legendaryAmerican horse trainerMonty Roberts as ademonstration rider and assistantback


in 2001 and has worked withMontyall over Europe. He nowruns averysuccessful training yard andgives demonstrations of his horsemanship skills and own brand of“practical horsemanship”throughout the UK and worldwide.In2014 Grantwon Horseman’s Calling the first UK horsemanship challenge. To find outmoreabout Grantand hiswork please visit or followhim on Facebook,Grant Bazin Practical horsemanship.

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