Today, Levee got his hooves trimmed. I can't remember if he has ever had his hooves trimmed at his previous home (she told me, but I can't remember), but I'm assuming he did since his hooves weren't horribly overgrown.
Anyway, Levee is a yearling gelding and he is quite the gentleman. He's not shy or spooky and he regards most new things as new toys. Today, he learned that cats have claws - apparently, the cat didn't enjoy a horse breathing on him. I had a farrier out today to give him a trim and he stood very nicely for his back hooves. When it came to the fronts, he was okay... aside from the fact he tried to lay down. Is this a normal thing for young horses to do? I've never seen it myself, but that doesn't mean it never happens.
He only tried to lay down twice - one time with each front hoof. The first time, he managed to drop very quickly to his knees, but stood up just as quickly when I smacked him on the shoulder. The second time, he started to slowly drop while watching me. He stood up square as soon as he saw me glaring at him with my hand poised to pop him on the shoulder. After that, he was fine. He didn't stand perfectly, but he did a lot better than I thought he would of.
Is it common for young horses to try to lay down as they're getting trimmed? Did I do the right thing by popping him in the shoulder or should I have allowed him to fall down? He doesn't threaten to lay down while I'm cleaning his feet, so I was a little taken aback when he tried to go down today. It wasn't that he was being made to stand on three legs for long... he dropped as soon as she lifted his hoof up. Very surprising.