I was signed up for a barefoot trimming course in September, there was a freak snowstorm and it was cancelled. I wasn’t able to make any of the other trimming clinics that were offered as make-up clinics.
How did I feel when the clinic was cancelled? I felt relieved.
The idea of trimming my own horses really stresses me out. Maybe I am just being neurotic... Here are a few of the areas that concern me:
2) I am afraid to ruin their hooves forever and have crippled horses. And really I am afraid to cause them any pain or discomfort, but lifelong agony would be the worse-case scenario here.
3) I have a bad back. I have scoliosis. And just generally I have a weak back. It actually hurts to sweep the barn when I’m working. It also kind of hurts my back to pick out hooves, which is why I’m such a taskmaster with my horses about having polite hoof manners.
4) I don’t really care about hooves. I care about hooves in the sense that I want my horses to be sound of course; I just don’t really care how/why. I have tried multiple times to read literature about hooves and trimming to ease my neuroses about trimming my own horses. And I find it incredibly boring. Maybe I haven’t found the perfect hoof guru or maybe when I’m doing hands-on work it will be more interesting to me...but at the time being I find it to be kind of a snorefest.
Okay, so those are the concerns that keep me up at night when my farrier reminds me that she still has my deposit and I should pick my dates for the spring/summer trimming clinics.
Part of me is very confused by my fears about trimming my own horses. I feel like in general I am happy to learn new things and am not a neurotic weirdo. Henry was unhandled when he arrived and I was unfazed by that. I have done all the work on my young horses myself and I will likely start them myself...with no experience doing that. And that doesn’t bother me. But the trimming...I don’t know.
I would look excellent in some pink chaps ....
It would be wonderful to trim my horses for the following two reasons:
2) I like the idea of handling this area of horse care myself (in theory). The cost savings would be beneficial. And having the skills to chip away at an issue without having to wait for my farrier would be nice.