newsletter is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting
and helpful tips for your horse care, training, and riding.
2003 Cherry Hill ©
1: Show Supplies You Need
2: Blanket Rods for a Barn
Up Stud's Feet Without Getting Kicked
3: Teach A Horse to Lay Down
4: 'Fraidy Cat Horse Solutions
5 : What is a Midweight Blanket?
6 : Why Spread Manure on Frozen Ground?
to "Ask Cherry"
Where can I get those blanket rods?
I have a question regarding a storage item in the STABLEKEEPING
I am building a new barn, and have
used many of Cherry and her husband's ideas in my planning. I own several of Cherry
Hill's books, and enjoy them thoroughly. In the STABLEKEEPING book, on page 41,
a swiveling blanket rod is shown in figure 5.7. In some of the books, resources
are noted. I was unable to find any in this particular case. I have found several
similar models on the internet, yet none are exactly like this. Do you know if
this particular picture is showing individual rods that are simply place in a
vertical line, or if this is a "system" that is premade? If it is a premade "system,"
do you have any idea who manufactures it, or where I might purchase it for my
new barn? Thanks for your time and assistance!
blanket rod system you refer to is designed and hand forged by my husband Richard
Klimesh. Now you can see why I am always saying what a guy he is! He can do practically
anything! For the last year while we were finishing up our video series, 101
Horsekeeping Tips, he quit making his barn hardware for sale and has since
been too busy to get back in the smithy.
can I pick up a stud's feet without getting kicked?
My friend has a horse that he lets
me use for 4-H Also they have an Arab stud that they want me to work with. He
leads fine but has gotten used to being the boss. He is about 20. When I approach
him (in the pasture or the stall) he turns his butt to me and threatens to kick.
If I try to pick his feet he kicks at me and/or puts all of his weight on that
foot. I cant go by what his ears say because when ever anyone comes up to
them they get pinned. I think he hasnt had his feet picked very often. How
can I pick up his feed without getting kicked?
are right to be concerned about this tendency in a horse because a kick can result
in a severe injury. But kicking is just a bad habit just like standing still for
mounting is a good habit. If this horse has been able to assert his dominance
over people like this for a long time, it will take diligent, constant repetition
on your part to give him a new way of behaving - cooperatively picking up his
feet! Picking up a stud's feet is the same as picking up a mare's or gelding's
feet and it doesn't matter if the horse is 20 days or 20 years old.
the feet cooperatively is just one tiny piece in the whole behavior puzzle. When
the whole puzzle fits together, you have a well mannered horse that got that way
through a lot of good handling. When one or more pieces are missing from the puzzle,
there will be bad behaviors like disrespect, kicking, rearing or biting. Usually
the pieces that are missing are "the basics" which means that the horse
is missing the foundation of good training. You can't ever really "fix"
a problem without first establishing the basics.
basics refer to ground training, in hand work, and a systematic training progression.
I'm going to talk about in-hand work in the next Ask-Cherry which will be very
helpful to you. And there are also quite a number of articles on the Horse Information
Roundup that deal specifically with behavior during hoof care. Have you read them?
Care Behavior Issue"
Year Old Manners"
Be safe Kate and take
your time. Often the slower you go, the faster you get there.
For more information on hoof care and training
for hoof handling, refer to:
Handling and Grooming
Guide to Lameness in Horses
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