Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
I agree with Sky. See if your farrier is willing to take the time to work with your horses that have issues. My farrier is AMAZING and puts up with my my butthead two-year-old who doesn't like men and is bigger than a lot of adult horses (16hh and 1500lbs or so). The farrier knew me from my previous horse and knows that I know how to handle a horse that is difficult with its feet (my previous gelding had never had his feet done without being tranqued before I got him...not because he was horrible about it, but because his owners were lazy). Once my farrier gets my gelding's feet in his hands, my gelding is fine. It's approaching him where there's some issues (he doesn't like to be approached head-on by men and will FREAK out).
Anyway, my point is, talk to your farrier and lay out the situation for him. Tell him that you're working with your horses, but they still need a some work in the men-handling-them department. As long as the farrier isn't in danger of being injured, I wouldn't see why he couldn't work with you on it, since if he refused, he could potentially lose himself a customer with at least two horses.
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