Well Friday was “foot day”. And simply put - it was not good. My horses weren’t on their best behaviour and I will be working on that for future appointments. There was a few new horses added to the herd recently and the whole herd was galloping around outside, that didn’t help either!
I usually have my husband or my dad out to help with farrier day but last Friday I was on my own. Rather than bring all the horses in separately (what I usually do) I decided to bring them all in together. Oops. The young horses were very fidgety and were feeding off eachothers energy. It was what I like to call a clusterf*ck.
To top it off - my farrier wasn't in a great mood. She was late and was in a time crunch to get to her appointment after me. She was stressed and I was stressed and I’m sure the horses were feeding off that too. They were not very well-behaved, to say the least. I expect my horses to stand and don’t mind her disciplining them if they are being silly but I felt it was a bit over the top today.
I really don’t want to be a farrier/trimmer. But I just never seem to find anyone who can manage the following:
1) Be on time.
2) Return calls promptly.
3) Be patient, fair, and firm with the horses.4) Keep horses barefoot and sound.
5) Have availability in the evenings and weekends for us 8-4 shift workers!
Is that SO hard?! I might have to take matters into my own hands and figure out how to trim my own horses. I want to take the time to do their farrier work properly and without stress for them or me.
On Saturday I had a nice ride on Apollo and all the horses came in and stood politely to be groomed. The Friday the 13th debacle was far from my mind and I wasn’t feeling like the worst horse owner on the planet anymore. So that was nice. Oh and on Saturday...Henry was a little bit tender after his trim walking on the gravel driveway. Poor guy. :(
Edited to add: I found a barefoot trimmer course that starts in September, the timing would be perfect as the horses will be just over 7 weeks at that time so I could potentially do their next time myself. More info to follow!