Yesterday, my farrier came to do Dawn and Pie. When I went to get Dawn from turnout, she was sleeping in hay next to the round bale, out of the wind. She was all curled up - I always think it's amazing how horses' legs fold up when they're lying down - and had very sleepy eyes. She noticed my approach, but was happy to stay there dozing while I stroked her face and neck. But we couldn't keep the farrier waiting, so I slipped her halter on and asked her to get up - poor thing having her nap interrupted. It took a few asks, but then she slowly extended her front legs out, heaved herself up and shook herself off, and came with me to the barn.
Dawn's still in her shoes with borium spots on toes and heels, and wears full snow pads. Both my horses were very good for the farrier. This was Pie's second professional trim, and he couldn't have been more perfect. He did give one or two "Pie faces" but didn't move a muscle. The farrier commented on his beautiful feet, including his broad heels and solid hoof substance.
Drifter is terrible about having his feet handled. Pie wasn't great when I got him, but mostly about picking them up due to lack of handling, and the issue cleared up within days. Drifter is more resistant - he picks them up but then wants to pull them away, or even cow kick in the case of the hinds. His owner is planning to have him trimmed before he comes to me, so that'll give me a number of weeks to work with him before the next farrier visit. Since he's so motivated by positive reinforcement, and I have no intention of wrestling with him - he's a big horse - I think I may try using clicker to help him learn how fun and interesting it is to hold up his feet for as long as necessary. I'll be interested to see how quickly he picks up what I'm asking - I'm guessing he'll be right on it.
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We've been having a stretch of cold and windy weather, so no riding has been happening. The next few days wind chills are going to be in the single digits F during the day and around or slightly below zero at night. Thursday night wind chills are going to drop into the range of -20F, and I'll bring Pie inside for the night. Friday the horses may not get much turnout as things aren't going to warm up much during the day and the winds are supposed to be fierce. I'm just hoping the very cold snap is a short one!