the Front Foot"
you expect your farrier to trim your foals hooves while your foal is tied,
be sure you have thoroughly conditioned your foal to all of the portions of the
experience. You should have handled your foal all over his body so he doesnt
have any ticklish spots that the farrier or his hat might trigger. Be
sure you can handle your foals legs from top to bottom without him reacting
in fear or disrespect. Your foal should have had frequent tying lessons
(refer to previous article); he should stand patiently with no pulling, pawing,
mincing, or chewing. He should be able to be groomed and handled while tied
with no one baby-sitting him at his head.
photos were taken of Sherlock at 2 months of age with Sassy tied nearby. Note
the dry, level area with a safe tie area. The foal is tied high and to an
makes sure Sherlock is standing square before he lifts a front leg. He holds
Sherlocks leg low and in a plane that is parallel to Sherlocks body,
not out to the side where it could become uncomfortable to the foals joints.
For training, Richard holds the hoof in his right hand and keeps his left arm
ready to discourage inquisitive sniffing or nibbling or to place in front of Sherlocks
chest if he starts to walk forward.
this size, many farriers trim the foals hooves by holding the hoof in the
left hand and rasping with the right. Later when the foal is a bit taller,
the farrier will want to put the foals leg between his legs, so youll
need to practice that before the foal is 4 months old.