Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH (USA)
Impatient for Farrier
My Thoroughbred gelding is normally super sweet and stands for everything - he's perfect for grooming, tacking, mounting, and bathing (he even lets me spray his face), and I can even crawl under his belly without him moving a muscle. Yet, for some reason, he misbehaves when my barefoot trimmer shows up to trim his feet. He doesn't kick or try to rear or anything horrible like that, but he pulls his feet away. It has gotten to the point that he won't hold still for more than about 30 seconds.
At first I thought he might just be fidgety because he has too much energy, but working him beforehand doesn't seem to do anything to help the matter.
I can think of only a few possible solutions. If I could hang a hay bag for him so that he had something to do while having his feet done, he may be happier (to him, everything is better when hay exists). Or I could try to work in breaks for him; she could work on him for 15 minutes, then let him go back to his stall for a bit, and then work on him some more - although that could end up making him testier. Lastly, I've considered getting a calming paste.
I definitely need a solution, as I think his trims are suffering as a result of this bad behavior.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have!