I don’t know if you are like me… but before, when I lived in Grass Valley, I would make sure that all of my horses were clean and picked before the farrier arrived. Kinda like cleaning the house for the housekeeper.
I do that.
Anyway, back to the farrier coming…
If it was wet or muddy out, I’d bring them all inside so that they’d dry off and their feet would be nice and clean… their hair would be combed and coats de-dingleballed.
Now, as you all know, I’m trying really hard to figure out, from scratch, the horse set-up here. I do get very frustrated, going from having it all perfectly working, to having no horse facilities at all. 2 years ago, we had nothing. Now, we have fencing, cross fencing, 5 shelters, a make-shift hay shed and cross ties.
However, we still have standing mud everywhere during the winter. And, no place to get away from it long enough to clean 7 sets of hooves. No matter where I clean, when I put the horses away, they will step in mud.
THANK HORSEGODS FOR FERNANDO THE FORGIVING FARRIER.
Fernando is an angel. He comes on time, does a great job and never, ever grumbles. In fact, he laughs all the time. I love that about him.
Today, especially, after last week’s horrible events, going out of town for Hubby’s promotion ceremony and then getting the new puppies yesterday… I’m a bit (being generous here) behind in my grooming.
He scraped away mud and chatted the entire time. As I was cringing and apologizing, he continued to chat and trim, chat and trim.
Fernando never let it show.
I can think of a lot of farriers who wouldn’t work on horses with muddy feet. A lot.
Fernando is an angel.
Thank you, horsegods, thank you.