2-Nov-26 at 00:12AM
Hi, I have just rescued a 2 year old paint horse, she has clearly been badly treated and handled poor thing but she has a wonderful nature.
My main worry is that her feet are in desperate need of a trim and although she is letting me pick her feet up she can't balance her weight properly due to her hooves being so long and pointed and she is worse when picking up her back feet.
Ideally I would like to spend more time with her as I've only had her a day! I'm just worried she'll get freaked out by the farrier and I don't have a dually in her size (it's been ordered) so I can't even work on leading or asking her to stand.
I'm hoping that if she is able to have her feet seen to then it will improve things and I can begin schooling knowing she is more balanced... I'm just at a crossroads and wondered what the best course of action would be..
Also on a separate note it took me over 15 mins for her to come out of the stable and then only did because I had a bucket of feed - I know it's not ideal but my gut feeling is that I should coax her out with the feed and then work on leading with the dually (when it arrives) in the school first and not just attempt to use the dually in the stable... hopefully with some schooling like this and trust building she will realise she has nothing to fear and I can stop using the feed...
I'm not new to horses but my Mom was the main trainer and it's very different when you are on your own.
Any advice would be greatly received.