However on Thursday I had my farrier come out to trim Kachina and it went really well!
1. It was snowing and miserable outside that day and it was awesome to have a heated barn with good lighting to be able to do the trim in
2. Kachina was the best she has ever been for the farrier! That's not to say she was perfect, because she wasn't. She still tried to jerk her leg away a few times but less often than normal and there were relatively long stretches in between misbehaviour where she would relax.
3. It wasn't just my (possibly biased) opinion. We've been using the same trimmer for the last few years and have been working closely with her on treating Kachina's mistrust in having her feet handled. Farrier agreed with me that this was Kachina's best behaviour for a trim ever so far!
4. The last year was a bad year for feet and Kachina's frogs and soles are currently shedding like crazy, but the new stuff underneath looks clean and healthy so hopefully we can keep the thrush at bay this spring. New barn removes the manure from their pens more often than old barn so that should also help.
|Standing like a proper adult for her manicure|
It's official, barn move was a good decision! I can't believe how much weight that lifts off my shoulders.