Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Ugh, stop with the drama, ok? I'm not in high school anymore, and I have no intention of going back.
Wallaby's point is to learn all there is to learn about working on a horse's feet. There ARE people out there who just slap shoes on and trim up without really benefiting the horse. There are good farriers, and there are bad farriers. The man who did Ricci's feet before I got her was terrible. I worked with Ricci for a year before I bought her, and in that whole year, she had a huge crack in one of her front feet. She was mostly barefoot, and he couldn't even get rid of a crack? I got a new farrier and within a few trims, her feet aren't cracked at all. Bad farrier VS bad farrier. One who couldn't trim VS one who could.
Getting to the point, my girls are great with the farrier. Ricci especially LOVES my farrier. And the vet. She knows when they come, she gets treats, lots of treats, lol. Gracie has only been trimmed a few times but it was a very calm experience. I didn't have a farrier out until after I convinced Gracie that she couldn't lay down when you picked up her foot. She learned real quick, she must stand, and I can hold her feet for as long as I please. She has really tough feet so I doubt she'll ever need shoes, but in the next year, I plan on getting out a hammer and whatnot to get her used to that process to if it ever comes up.
PS. EveningShadows, I think it's nice that you're making it easier on your horse. What else are you supposed to do? I, myself, have a bad habit of laying down underneath my horse. o_O That doesn't mean I'm going to throw myself underneath any other horse, but I tell you what, it's really convenient sometimes that I can crawl underneath my horse to the other side. =P
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Last edited by riccil0ve; 11-18-2009 at 09:14 PM.