5 Tips For Holding Your Horse During A Farrier Visit

Help your farrier out by having a well-behaved horse.

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Every six to eight weeks your farrier should be stopping by. They will put on shoes or trim your horse’s hooves. A good, reliable farrier is worth their weight in gold! You have the responsibility of holding your horse for them. A well-behaved horse that stands quietly is ideal. Make sure you know how to properly hold the horse and stay out of the way. These tips will help!

Farrier Visit Tips

  1. Hold the horse: It may be easier to put the horse in the crossties or ground tie them, but that isn’t as safe as holding the lead rope yourself. A farrier’s job can put them in risky positions under a horse. With you standing there, you can alert them if your horse becomes nervous. You can also move the horse in the opposite direction of the farrier if something were to spook them.
  2. Clean barn aisle: The space your farrier works in should be well-lit and free of clutter. There shouldn’t be stuff on the ground that the horse could get tangled in.
  3. Keep other horses away: There shouldn’t be other horses within distance of yours. You don’t want any biting or squealing going on! The horse should be focused on you.
  4. Fly spray them beforehand: There’s nothing worse than a horse that is irritated by biting flies. They will stomp their feet and swish their tail.
  5. Practice makes perfect: Get in the habit of creating “mock” farrier sessions with your horse. You can pretend to rasp and hammer their hooves. This should teach them to stand patiently.
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A farrier working on a horse’s hooves. Photo by Lena Bauermeister.

By doing these few things, you’ll show your farrier that you respect their time and safety.

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