Geriatric Horse - Trouble Picking Up Feet for Farrier - Sling??
I have a 30 y/o Morgan mare who has enough arthritis in her right fore that prevents her from picking up that foot for the farrier or balancing on that leg to pick up the other front foot. The back feet aren't a problem. Other than the arthritis, this mare is healthy and still fairly active. Vet can anesthetize and lay mare down for farrier work but because of her age and arthritis we'd rather not. She has had trouble on a couple occasions getting up after laying down. I am pondering the possibility of a sling or any other idea. Has anyone built a sling? What did you use to hoist the sling? Are there any resources for renting a sling?