This is new to me as is owning a horse. I've had my first horse for just over a week.
Wills seems to find it hard to trust and doesn't like new situations. He's got used to our yard a lot quicker than I thought but he's still wary.
I had the farrier over on Tuesday and Wills wouldn't settle. The farrier had no patience from the start with him and after 2 shoes he hit Wills repeatly with his hammer over the ribs in anger.
Now I understand that farriers need to keep themselves safe and a horse needs to respect them. I know I can be a little soft but Wills has obviously been mistreated before (we can't touch his face unless its for headcollar or bridle) and this really upset me. I'd said shouting and a slap or a shove was fine but it was the use of tools I didn't agree with.
As Wills is my first horse, I really wanted someone to confirm if I'm being sensible looking for another farrier and some advice on what I can do to help the next farrier.
Thanks for reading my ramble