Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Mountains of NH
The ear thing didn't work on my donkey. Neither did twitches, ropes, hobbles, begging, pleading, minor sedation...
Would fight a shoeing stock the entire time. Took draft horse amounts of sedatives to knock him down. So much I was afraid I'd kill him. Could do regular grooming, picking no problem. I worked with him for 20+ years and he just wasn't about to give in.
Many years ago my then farrier showed up drunk. He did my horses fine. Just trims, no weird feet or behavior issues. I was a little nervous about it but the first horse was fine, watching like a hawk, so was the second and right through to the 5th. The donkey used to like to put his foot down and take breaks. No other issues than you had to wait 5 minutes for him to be ready again. Farrier knew this and had dealt with it before for years. Guess it was the alcohol but he blew a fuse and proceeded to beat the donkey up with his rasp. Not just a smack. Big man, small donk. I had to hop in and take the donk away. I even felt threatened when I got between them. Even though the farrier and I had been friends for years I never asked him back. The idiot asked me if there was a bar in town on his way out. Had his 4 year old son with him too.
Herbie never forgot and never forgave. Neither did I.
I use a hoof jack trimming my horses. It is a major back saver. One pony is trust worthy enough where I can sit on a milk crate and do her feet in my lap, but she is kinda special. Not something I'd do with my others even though they are good.