For the past 2 months or so, I've been working with Gem to pick up his feet. I have been able to pick them up no problem, but it was never long enough for the time that a farrier would do it. I thought he would have to be sedated the next time he would need his feet done.
Today, the farrier came out to do the warmblood and the mini at the barn. Tom and I figured that we could attempt to try Gem. The we didn't have time to schedule an appt with the vet, so he would be drug free. As I was bringing Gem in, I heard that he had a loose shoe. It turned out to be his left front shoe. So it was impertive that he get his feet done today.
When it was Gem's turn, I took him out, turned him around, the farrier began his work. Gem had a few little freak outs, but nothing major that stopped the farrier from doing his job. Gem successfully got his shoes pulled and put back on, as well as the filing and everything else that goes along with it.
Tom, our BO, our farrier and myself all cannot believe it! Gem did it! Gem got his feet done without any drugs. And its all because i've been spending the time with him to make picking his feet up enjoyable and making him realize nothing was going to happen. He did so well because I helped him. I cannot tell you how great it makes me feel.
Just wanted to brag on my accomplishment :) Thanks for reading!