Originally Posted by busysmurf
He's patient with horses that need patience and firm with ones who know better...
This is one of the reasons why I love my farrier. The fact that he's my brother is just an added plus LOL. He handles horses almost exactly like I do. When some of the older horses get obnoxious just for the sake of being obnoxious (Nester leans horribly and Rafe and Taz sometimes still have their youngster fits...even though he's been trimming them all their lives, they're still only 3 and 4), he knows just how hard to get after them.
Then, with horses like Pokey, who need the most delicate of touches, he takes his time and discusses things with them while he gets them done. He'll stop before they get to the "panic" stage and just spend some time scratching on them in their favorite places or talking to them to calm them down.
And, he's wonderful with the babies. Talyn, who was completely feral until this spring is still not very comfortable with anyone but me handling her feet. Every time he trims her, he just takes things at her speed and somehow manages to keep her calm.