My mare is relatively well mannered in all respects, except when it comes to having her feet trimmed. She is always barefoot (I use oldmacs). She doesn't like most strangers, which makes it worse to have a farrier trim her. A farrier can usually make it through the front feet, but w the hinds - it just becomes too dangerous. Since farriers can't make a living if injured, I don't blame them for not wanting to take her on. She yanks her foot away and cocks her hind in that aiming with a little motion "poised to strike if ya get any closer" position, and has struck. At least she "warns" them.
Well, I can handle her feet just fine. I have tried holding her hoof while the farrier trims...didn't work too well. So, alas, I have to do it - I just rasp them. I am a lazy person
and not a professional farrier - and I would rather pay someone else do it. And, I recently injured my back for the first time in my life...which makes me really wish I could figure out a solution. Ace-ing her is out, farriers will not administer it around here.
So, if anyone has had a similar trial I would love to hear what your solution was and how you achieved it.