need thoughts on hoof trimming a difficult horse
I have an 8 yr old gelding who I need to get his hooves trimmed. I've never had his hooves trimmed yet since we have had him, he keeps them pretty well shaped and lengthened natrually with the gravel and sand around the area. But it is about that time now, anyways, he can be a pain in the BUTT. I've had a few bad accidents with horses and back ends, so I really have a hard time feeling safe picking up horses back feet and havent done it in awhile. So I have never even tried to pick up his back feet at all. I can get his front feet, sort of, lol.. he is really stubborn and will put all of his weight on whatever foot you are trying to pick up, and when you finally DO get his foot then he goes onto his front knees. So I try again and againa until I can pick up one of his feet and put it down myself, without him ripping it away from me after he deems necessary.
Im worried about finding a farrier who will want to put up with his stubborness, or maybe if he turns out to be a nut case when they are trying to trim his feet, like I said I havent seen his feet trimmed before.
The previous owner said he used to trim his hooves with a garden scissors (hes seriously like 80 yr old horse trainer, old school bla bla) and that they do fine, and all I know is he showed up with pretty feet and I don't know what the experience was like.
I don't know what to do for his first time with us, if he will behave or I shoudl tell the farrier that I have never seen them done before so I don't know how he will react and then they might not want to do his hooves at all...
You've got to give something you've never gave,
To get something you've never had. - Pat Parelli