Behavior mostly, but just anything that makes them difficult. Conformation, temperament, whatever
I'm kinda surprised there haven't been more responses. Every farrier I know has breeds they "love" to work on, and breeds they hate.
This isn't all of them but here's a list. I'll make this list from best to worst:
1. Tennessee Walking Horses....they're lean, high off the ground, (easy for a tall guy to be under), limber-legged and very predictable. They'll take alot before they come unglued. Good footed except many of them are toed-out in front
2. Foxtrotters....about the same, just a little stockier and slightly stiffer on average. Good straight legs and feet usually
3. Donkeys....Yes donkeys. I hated them for years. I even refused to do them for a long time. But I only do donkeys for 2 people now and they have several. I get along with THEIR donks good. These guys are hard disciplinarians and I don't have to do anything but trim. If they give me trouble, I just step out of the way and watch and learn. I probably won't take on any more, but the ones I do are a good bunch.
4. Quarter Horses (Paints, Buckskins, Palominos, and Apps are included).... because they're pretty much QHs nowadays....Sometimes jerky and stiff, but since I ride and handle them alot, I can usually predict them.
5. Ponies, Miniatures, and little donkeys....They'll kick you 5 or 6 times before you can get out of the way, but instead of having one big bruise, you have 6 little ones.
6. Drafts....My chiropractor loves for me to do them
7. Mules....Even though they're half-donkey and I do donkeys, I hate them especially when they're out of a crazy mare. The "gaited" mules are a little better.
8. Show-bred Paso Finos....Little schitzophrenic jerkbots. They're predictable....you can predict they're going to jerk right before you get a nail twisted off. They're responsible for more gashes in my shoein apron than all other breeds combined.
9. Ze-Donks....Trimming one is slightly better than a jab in the eye with a sharp stick
10. Zebras....I'd rather get kicked in the testicles while vomiting from Ebola than to do a zebra. They can bite you, paw you, and kick you at the same time. If they get you down they will camp on you and snake-stomp yer noggin till you quit moving.
Last edited by AmazinCaucasian; 02-15-2012 at 10:37 PM.