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How to correct a horse in this situation?

I pretty much take care of my grams 2 horses and my dad clips all their hooves and files them. The thing is my grams one horse always wants to put her hooves down. When she does my dad smacks her. I hate when he does this because the look on her face i think it just teaches her not to trust us? How should we correct her when she does this?

Asked By: Cigano Cowgirl - 8/30/2011
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You are correct, smacking doesn't work. If it did, you would only have to do it a couple of times and the horse would be trained to perfect behavior, right... More
Answered By: Barefoottrimmer - 8/30/2011
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Figure out if she puts her hoof down because of pain, or because she wants to be bratty. Reward her when she stands properly, and yank on her leadrope/smack her on the butt when she tries to stamp it down. Distract her with a toy, if she likes to play with lickits or something.
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Answered By: A B - 8/30/2011
 
i agree, first check for pain in the foot that is down. put lip chain over gums but do no pull down hard just pull a bit when horse starts to put it down..... do not hit the horse on the butt because it will make the horse move foward. have your dad touch the other front foot when the horse starts wanting it down to... More
Answered By: Sarah - 8/30/2011
 
i don't like clipping feet for this reason. i look at all the feet to make sure they don't have rocks, bruise's or any other problems... More
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Answered By: ki kie - 8/30/2011
 
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