Helping horses with a fear of the farrier Crumbly hoof solutions
Shoeing brings an array of new noises, smells and sensations into your horse’s environment, many of which come directly from beneath his body to the edge of his peripheral vision. For that reason, it’s critical that you introduce your horse to shoeing with empathy, understanding and expertise. If your horse is responding in this way, bring in the support of an equine behaviourist and work with your farrier to identify and understand what the trigger is and what response that trigger is creating within your horse. Once you understand the problem, you can move forward as a team to address any learned behaviour and reintroduce your horse to the stimuli attached to the process.
The smells and sounds associated with shoeing can be scary for some horses