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May 2002

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Horse Housing, How to Plan, Build and Remodel Barns and Sheds

"Ask-Cherry" - How Can I Teach my Horse to Stand for Shoeing?

Behavior for Shoeing

What About Sherlock? Hoof Care Then and Now


Horse Housing

Congratulations Richard!

Horse HousingThe first copy of Richard's long-awaited book, Horse Housing, arrived here at Long Tail Ranch last week. This large, hardbound book has 142 color photos, 70 drawings, 17 barn layouts and is packed with information you will not find elsewhere ! I love this book ! If you are thinking about purchasing a horse property, are in the planning stages of building a horse barn, or have a barn you need to finish or remodel, Horse Housing is a must have. Go here for more information and a full table of contents.



Ask-Cherry: How do I get my horse to stand for shoeing?

I received quite a number of letters to Ask-Cherry lately concerning lifting feet, standing still while tied, standing square, standing for farrier work and related topics. I've listed a few of them below and have tried to answer all of your hoof handling questions in "Behavior for Shoeing."

Dear Cherry,
I finally found my dream horse. He's gorgeous, smooth gaited, loads and hauls well, and I think he really likes and trusts me. The problem is I've been through 3 shoers in the first 6 months I've owned this horse. Only one shoer came back twice and now even he won't return my calls. There is no problem when I clean his hooves, just when the shoer starts to work. He jerks his foot away, then won't even pick it up. He looks like he is on the verge of pulling back but so far he never has. I'm at my wits end because there are only so many farriers in our area and I need to get the shoes done. What do I do?
Desperate, Carla

Hi Cherry,
My three year old gelding refuses to lift his feet. He acts like he dosen't know how to balance himself. Can you give me some pointers on this problem?
Thanks, Mary

Dear Cherry,
My first horse, a four year old, has an absolutley amazing temperment and that's the reason why I've fallin' in love with him. I was told by his previous owner that when he was a lot younger he cut his hind legs just below the fetlock on barbed wire and now he has a fear of having his hind legs handled. When he first came to my barn I couldn't even touch him below his hocks, but I have been gently rubbing him all over and I can now rub all the way to the bottom of his legs (under a very watchfull eye) but I cannot pick them up. I had to get the farrier in to trim his feet this week and he freaked at the sight of the farrier. This is the first time I've had to get his feet done since I've had him and his previous owner used to get the vet to tranquilize him. I didn't want to tranq him so he put up quite a fight but I know he was trying and it was more like he was scared than being bad. The farrier said it was the first time he hadn't tried to kick him so I feel that I've accomplished something BUT the farrier said that part of his fear with having his hind feet picked up is that he doesn't know how to stand square and properly balance himself so it makes him nervous that he might fall. My question to you is how can I get him to stand square so he can be balanced properly? Another thing is that he is imposible to move in the cross ties, when I try to push him over to one side he leans all his weight on the opposite side I want him to go!? If you can give me any tips at all I would be very greatfull!!
Thank You, Diana

Hello Carla, Mary, Diana and the others who have written for hoof handling help, Join the club! It is a popular topic which means.......don't feel like the Lone Ranger! We've all been there. It can be dangerous and seem frustrating, confusing and downright difficult to deal with hoof handling problems, but the good news is, in 98% of the cases, if you invest the time and use the right techniques, you can create a horse that is relaxed and a pleasure for your farrier to work on. In the article that follows, I've tried to give you an inside view of how a horse's natural behavior patterns make him act the way he does when he is tied, his feet are lifted and held, and he is shod. You'll read about how to teach your horse to lift his feet, how to teach him to balance, how to teach him to move over and more. Best of luck with your training program. Let me know your progress. Cherry Hill, author of 25 books on horse Training, Horse Care, and Riding Books and Videos from Cherry Hill at


Behavior for Shoeing

Horse For Sale by Cherry HillUnderstanding why horses behave as they do is one giant step toward avoiding problems during hoof care and shoeing. I'm going to describe horse behavior as it relates to hoof care so that you have the means to figure out how to make difficult situations better for yourself and for your farrier. And as I do that I'll also offer a viewpoint of the farrier since Iíve been the wife of a farrier for many years.

Over the years, Iíve noticed the profiles of the clients and horses that passed through my husband's appointment book. In the beginning, in order to get started, any new farrier HAS to work on a certain number of difficult horses - leaners, pullers, impatient scoundrels Ė horses that often have well-intentioned but inexperienced owners. Or potentially fine horses that belong to self-claimed experts who just never really develop horse sense. Unfortunately, both types of customers are eventually traded off to make room in the farrierís book for the cooperative, well-mannered horses of competent professionals and dedicated amateurs. Those are just the facts.

For your horseís sake and for the safety of your farrier and yourself, you want to make your horse comfortable and cooperative for hoof care and shoeing. This takes time, dedication, patience and a good understanding of horse behavior as it relates to shoeing. With that in mind, read on and reread this article regularly Ė because as you and your horse progress, certain things that might have not made sense at first will become crystal clear. Iím writing this to all of you who have leg handling and farrier problems so Iím trying to cover all of the bases....... To read the rest of the article, go here: behavior_for_shoeing


What About Sherlock? Hoof Care Then and Now

Some of you have written asking about Sherlock. Here's a quick update.

Now that Sherlock is a two-year-old standing 14.2 hands and weighing 850 pounds, my farrier (husband, Richard Klimesh) really appreciates the time we spent on Sherlock's early handling lessons. Although Sherlock spent the entire winter turned out on pasture, we fed him hay and grain twice a day and gave him a daily check. About every 6-8 weeks, we brought him in for a more thorough check plus a review of manners for in-hand work, hoof trimming, deworming, tying, and minimal grooming. To see him at 22 months of age, up at the "big barn" getting his April hoof trim, go here:


Next stop? Crossties. Stay tuned.


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