Originally Posted by secuono
Why don't you tell him how to hold his legs? I told my farrier my pony doesn't like jerking movements and pulling too high, he listened.
Of course, I do my own trims now, lack of $ drove me to learn.
I do my mare and large pony on my knees if I can't stand long enough.
Yes, I guess I could insist he kneel down, but as I said, the relationship between them has broken down over a long time, where he would come for a trim, it would be a fight, then I would try to do groundwork in between, till the next trim... mule would be perfect for me... then trim comes, and its a fight again.
I think mule has made up his mind about this chap, and only time could fix
That, which maybe it will, and then i'm happy to let the farrier do him again.
But for right now, the least stressful for all involved, is for me to learn how to do the hooves with supervision... the mule trusts me, so he would find it so much less stressful, and through the process, perhaps he will become an angel for a farrier, once he learns its not as unpleasant as he thinks.