Drifter was not very good for the farrier this morning. He snatched his front feet away and slammed them down - or hopped, using the farrier as a "leg". He snatched his hind feet away and cow-kicked. We got the job done but it wasn't pretty - I'm not very tolerant of this sort of behavior. The farrier and I agree that the primary issue was his impatience - he's fine now for my picking his feet but that doesn't take very long, and when you ask him to hold his feet up longer, he becomes petulant and fussy and acts up - just like a toddler. He's also out with the herd now and there's some separation stuff going on. We're going to do lots of work with feet and legs, including leading by the legs and also him holding his legs up for longer - I may use a soft rope to help with his. Any ideas and suggestions are welcome.
Drifter and I had a work session this afternoon. There was some "I'm away from my friends and I can't stand it", but we worked through it. His concentration and attention were intermittent, but it was windy and cold and we need to be able to work more days in a row. But the leading, lungeing (changes of gait and direction as I asked, not as he pleased) and ride were pretty good and he did everything I asked. I tied him for a few minutes as an experiment - as I expected there was a lot of moving around and pawing but he didn't try to pull back. We're going to do more of that to work on his patience - I wish I had a way to rig up a high line where he could spend time tied and fret and fidget to his heart's content until he figured out that it was a waste of time and energy.
Pie and I had a lovely 40 minutes or so trail ride. It was getting progressively colder and windier, but he did great (he was also very good for the farrier, although I got a lot of "Pie faces"). Dawn was good for the farrier too, although she's been clearly uncomfortable for the last couple of sessions - perhaps some arthritis in her knees or shoulders.
Tomorrow we're expecting more rain - :(.