Farrier training 101

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Half the herd was trimmed today, the difficult half. Very frequently our new arrivals have been through experiences that do not make standing for a farrier fun or they simply haven’t had the proper training. Once again Kasie proves why she’s our excellent choice to keep our herd on the proper footing.

Niache started us out because she loves her Kasie! She ground ties beautifully. Shady and Cinnamon came next to get that pasture completed. No issues found with these three. We missed the picture of Cinnamon.

Next came Penny because we knew she would be difficult but easier than her brother. She only required a little work before she was ready to stand with the lead in a back pocket for all four feet.

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Lady and Blue were up next with a check in for Nick.

Lady is definitely thrush free! Apparently her new location is a plus. She is a lot shorter in the toes and was daintily walking back to her pasture.

Blue had a small bit of thrush in one hoof but stood great. Considering that he didn’t want to be touched at all upon arrival we think he has finally realized he is safe.

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Nick has an ugly absess he’s working through and did not get trimmed.

Last but definitely not least Hiawasse was up. He wanted to dance instead of trim his hooves. Finally after some discussion he learned that Kasie wasn’t going to hurt him either and cooperated.

We do work with the horses on picking up their feet but it’s not nearly the same as having all of the equipment and an extra person about. We’re happy to have found a partner who is willing to help us make the horses better citizens while taking good care of their feet.