Problems when Farrier comes...
I bought a 2 year old QH filly this spring (April 22), she came as hardly been touched but she knew how to follow a person around if you could catch her. The biggest problem I had was catching her (this has been fixed and now she come to me right at the gate) and she now accepts being touched everywhere, leads perfectly, lunges great, has been saddled almost 10 times and is doing great.
When it comes to her feet she is doing great as well. She picks up her feet great and moves them forward and backward in all the positions a farrier would want. I don't have a file to practice with but I use a plastic curry comb and make as much noise and pressure as I can on her hooves and she is fine with everything. In the beginning when she would take her feet away I would growl a bit or say "hey" kind of gruffly and she would have a little heart attack and then get over it and listen. Just to clarify, I only did this when she already knew what I wanted and just got tired of it, not the first bunch of times when she had no clue what I wanted.
Anyway, she is perfect for ground manners and feet manners. The problem starts when the farrier comes. I live with my family on the farm (I'm 22 not a teenager) and absolutely no one else likes animals. My dad comes to watch me if I ask but he has no intention of doing anything with the horses. So because of this, I am the only person who has ever worked with my filly. So when the farrier starts to do her feet she will sort of tolerate the hoof picking and clipping but she will constantly yank her feet away when she starts filing. I know it is because she has never been worked with by anyone else other than me and I don't know what to do. It helps her to stay calm if I hold her head but she still yanks her feet away. What can I do to make this go smoother? I don't want to waste the farriers time but there is no one else confident enough to work with her and even my farrier gets worried. We started off by not making a huge fuss when she got her foot away but it only got worse so one time I smacked her and she got really worried and started flailing a bit. I calmed her down and grabbed the rasp and picked up her foot and filed a bit myself but because I have no idea how to correctly file her hoof I had to get the farrier back in the picture.
Right now the options I can think of are to get the farrier out for a bit longer and get her to lunge my filly for a bit first and get her listening before starting to work on her. My other option would be to find a strong male farrier who has no fear but who also has absolutely no temper until she is fine with other people. But I don't really want to stray from my farrier as she does a really good job (and there aren't many options close by), she just gets nervous when my filly goes crazy as the filly doesn't really think about what she is doing before she does it.
I am stumped by this and it is frustrating to go from a filly who listens perfectly to me to one that doesn't trust enough to let someone else pick up her feet.
Cookies to anyone who made it through that, and I hope I was clear. I tend to ramble and give way too much information. Please give me any suggestions you might have as the farrier is coming out again in a couple of weeks to trim up both horses again.