So we have a new horse who has only been ridden less than a handful of times in her life and she's used to being out in the field with her herd. The most contact she has with people is being hand-fed treats from the garden. She can be a bit nervous but in my opinion she does really well for the little amount of time she's been around people. I live 4 hours away so my time with her is very limited and we've only had her for a few months. My dad intended to work with her a lot more but he hasn't had time.
Still, her hooves are absolutely ATROCIOUS. It's embarrassing and I worry about this having been left for so long. My dad is getting a farrier out but we live in such a remote area that it's difficult to find farriers out and it's costly for just one horse so we buddy up with someone else who has horses. Still, farriers are few and far between, and could rack up quite a bill for the mileage.
The real question I have is I'm not sure if anyone's tried to work with her feet yet, and I certainly don't want any farrier to come up and get hurt - or make her afraid of having her feet done. My dad's not incompetant but he had anticipated having more time with her and it just didn't work out that way. I'm willing to go up and help get her acclimated to things but I don't know the first thing about getting a horse used to the farrier and I don't have the option of doing things a wee little at a time over MONTHS. I have weekends, basically. :( Any tips?