Monday, February 21, 2011

Mani-Pedi

Or  maybe it is just a pedi-pedi ! It was that time again, time for the farrier to come out and  trim hooves. Of course no critter here likes to have their toes done. Nope,not one! I know...weird huh? Here is Hubby and Sweetie..you can see how thrilled Sweetie  looks about her impending spa treatment...



Ole Sweets did pretty good though....it helps that our farrier has been obviously blessed with some kind of sainthood! Let me tell you, when we first got the horse and donkeys they were terrible! It took everyone of us to hold them still and Bonnie would just sit down! It takes a special kind of person to be able to work on animals like that and stay calm and patient...I have never seen him loose his cool no matter how difficult our animals have been. I guess none of our critters ever had  their feet done much before they came to our farm...





 Bonnie and Clyde are waiting their turn and looking none to pleased about it either! Bonnie thinks if she hides behind Clyde we won't notice her....


Clyde-Hyde did good too! I am so happy they are learning to act better since they will always have to have their feet done  to stay healthy.


  We were really prepared to do some  Donkey wrestling this morning and believe me we were all thrilled not to have had to! Our donkeys are sweet ,they do not bite or kick but they will step on your feet before you can get out from under them! Yes, they are small donkeys but when they are on your foot they feel like elephants! Clyde did poop on our nice farrier and he had been eating a lot of that spring green grass which has an unpleasant laxative effect...luckily he was able to dodge most of it!


 Bonnie has been our biggest trouble maker in the past but she did terrific ...well for Bonnie anyways! She didn't sit down and only lunged once. Oh, and she didn't poop on anyone so that gave her a few extra points! Next time she may act perfect. Well...we can hope anyways!


23 comments:

Tina said...

Oh the joy of a farrier's job! Well done donkeys! Nothing like a little headlock to make things easier!

Texan said...

ewww I am so afraid of horses. I would not be willing to help hold the horse :O), well okay not the donkeys either! Good you have your honeyman and son to do this!! Yep that would work for me...

texwisgirl said...

Yeah, I'd never be able to do their work either. I've got a great farrier friend too. He 'talks' and understands equine well. He has to worry more about me getting nervous and the horses picking up on that! :)

Glad yours are doing better!!! Woo Hoo!!! I know how much easier life is with that!

Pricilla said...

I have enough trouble with the goats' hooves. I can't imaging anything bigger!

Lin said...

Gees,I would think that they would like to have their feet cleaned up. Hmmmm--well, that's what I know, right?! Come to think of it--trimming the kitties nails nearly gets me killed, so why would I think it is any different for the bigger animals?

I like how Bonnie is "hiding". :)

wayside wanderer said...

I am not so into having my nails messed with either so I can understand the resistance. Glad it went well!

Teresa said...

We need to do a major spa day around here too. Glad things didn't go too badly.

Verde Farm said...

God Bless Farriers everywhere--what would we do without them? Mine are great too and My Samuel D can be quite a pill but he and his wife are fabulous. Glad it was a good day at the spa :)

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

Must feel great to have everyone's toe-toes in tip-top shape! :)

Sharon said...

Yep, it takes somebody special! Well, now everyone is in tip toe shape!

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Bonnie and Clyde are so cute. It's hard enough to deal with unruly dogs, I can't imagine dealing with donkeys! Glad it went well.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I just called my farrier yesterday - scheduled him for Saturday. It's that time of year when hooves are starting to grow quickly again :-)

Nekkid Chicken said...

I am with your critters on this one. I don't like anyone touching my feet either. LOL

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Maybe if you let them pick their own nail polish color...........
;)

Bobbi said...

Bonnie and Clyde are adorable!! I hope it all went well with the pedi. I agree, let them pick out their own nail polish color ;)

Farmgirl_dk: said...

A good farrier is worth MORE than his weight in gold! Patience, kindness, gentleness and s-l-o-w movements are key around our place when it comes to hoof trimming time!
Beau donkey just had his first trim with no sedation last month - we are so proud of him!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm getting caught up on my blog visits and thought I'd stop by to let you know that I've only watched a 'pedi' done once...It was fascinating to watch and it did seem to be enjoyed too!!

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

John Gray said...

is having the farrier around expensive?

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Sorry to be so late in posting! I read all the time but don't always have time in my very busy goatie day to type out my response! We don't like goat trims here but my lady has good luck with her horse hoof trimmer. The horses love her and all behave! It's amazing! hee hee

Debbie said...

I love your blog! Thanks for stopping by my place.

I am glad all went well with your spa day. I always call it a good day if I don't get pooped on while getting my nails done.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

It must be so much fun to spend days like this!

Have a happy Monday x

Anonymous said...

Who do you use as a donkey farrier. I could use one around Cold Sprig, Texas

Melodie said...

We use a man from Huntsville....if I had a way to contact you I would give you his #...