Question: My mare is Twelve going on Thirteen. I have had her for two years and have always had problems with holding and trimming her rear feet. In an article I read recently on restraint training it is stated that if a horse is old or has problems with arthritis they should not have their legs tied up. It also says that older horses with problems are more likely uncomfortable than untrained.
Answer: Normally we like to train a horse to stand for shoeing, but those older horses with arthritis should be treated differently. Contact your veterinarian and have him or her give your horse something that would take away the pain and help the horse to stand still while the farrier works on it.
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