She was edgy but fine til he started to shape the shoes on his anvil.
She went from being just a little on edge to galloping at the end of the lead rope (God knows how I held on), broncing around and even flipping herself over. It was not a fun time.
Bless the farrier he wasn't phased. Walked calmly up to her, brought her back and kept on trucking with trimming and fitting the shoes to her feet.
But each time he shaped the shoes she would freak out all over again and a repeat performance.
My vet was coming over to redraw her coggins and update her vaccines for the health certificate because we're moving to Indiana. I talked to him about what was going on, the vet asked to see it so the farrier tapped the anvil with his hammer and she exploded all over again.
So she was getting highly stressed out, I was beginning to think I should just leave her feet in the nasty state they were and send the farrier home. The vet got out a sedative and gave her enough so the farrier could do his job. The vet stayed the whole time to make sure she was ok, checking her temp and heart rate every few minutes.
I know she was sedated and I'm not a fan of that, but I didn't want her hurt or the farrier hurt. I tried to make sure the time the farrier was working on her as un-scary as possible. And for some reason she doesn't hate me after everything I had done to her yesterday.
I can do most things with her, even fire shotguns around her, but there was something about that hammer on the anvil that just set her off.
My biggest thing is safety - I simply do not want someone hurt, or even her hurting herself - because of this.