Ok, so Ricky is getting his first trim with me today in about 2 hours.
He has had his feet trimmed before but not with me. He picks up his feet very well and lets me tap them with a hoof pick and I've tried my hardest to just get him so well behaved.
Any tips on how to just keep him well-behaved?
How did your horses first experiences go with the farrier?
Would it be wise to take a few treats with me in case he gets a bit....restless?
However, I have to walk him about 700 metres because the farrier is coming 2 houses up from where I board and its just easier for him. I have to walk Ricky through a paddock with 4 horses in it and I'm a teensy bit concerned. These horses are generally well behaved but what if they come and sniff Ricky and a fight or commotion starts?
Should I just actively walk through the paddock and try to ignore the horses?
What should I do if he kicks out at them or something happens?
And there's no point saying have someone else there to shoo them away as I don't have anyone to help me today. He has walked through the paddock before (4 times?) and the horses have sniffed him. They never come directly to his face, but to his butt and everything has been ok. My dad just shoos them and tells me to keep walking.
I keep telling myself I've dealt with these situations before but I've always had someone watching or someone who could come in and help if it got too out of hand, but for some reason I'm just really nervous. I love my boy with all my heart, and I know I should trust him and I do, but I guess some advice would be really helpful guys. What should I do if the horses start coming towards him? Just keep walking him? Or stop and let them sniff?
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