I had a nightmare last night about Zin being naughty for her farrier appointment this morning. I’m not even kidding – I dreamed the farrier took all of her shoes off, and she turned into such a horrid fire breathing dragon that he refused to put them back on. Since we switched barns, I tried out a new farrier just to make it easier scheduling wise and today was our first appointment.
I guess if you don’t know Zin’s background, you might think I’m a nut job (you might think that regardless anyway and you are probably right!), but I have not had the best experiences with her and getting her shoes done. When I first got her off the track, she still had her racing plates on and I scheduled the farrier to come out about 2 weeks later. I’ve used this farrier before and the person I grew up riding with has used him for over 10 years and have never had an issue. I do not place any blame on him for what happened next, it was just something that happened because, well…..horses.
So out comes the poor farrier and Zin was not on her best behavior. She was refusing to stand still at all, she kept threatening to kick and refused to stand on 3 legs for more than 15 seconds. Somehow, the farrier was able to get 3/4 shoes on, but when he went to do the last one she had had enough. She freaked out, reared up (almost flipped herself over!), and hit his box of tools – nails went flying everywhere. After that she had just LOST it,
and the farrier told me he would need to come back. Fast forward to the next day and Zin is 3 legged lame and putting ZERO weight down on that right hind. I was convinced she broke her leg. Turns out she didn’t break her leg, but she did manage to step on a nail. Natrually I found this out at around 430 PM, which resulted in an emergency vet fee + x-rays. Oh, but the fun doesn’t stop there! Turns out the nail nicked her tendon sheath, so she had to spend 2 weeks in the hospital getting a “distal limb perfusion” 2X a day. Basically the vet injected an antibiotic solution into her tendon sheath to clear out and prevent any further infection. Let’s just say she tripled her purchase price real fast.
Anyway, maybe you can understand a bit more now why I had a nightmare about a new farrier last night. Since that initial issue (and a few more hiccups along the way), we did finally find a farrier who Zin tolerated. He was patient, methodical, and most importantly gentle. He was unable to shoe her hot, but we were hoping she might have a change of heart in the near future. Unfortunately between switching barns our schedules didn’t align up just right yet so I put myself on the list for the guy I met with today.
Needless to say, I was more than a bit concerned this morning – I was also trying to figure out a way to disclose all this previous information about Zin without COMPLETELY scaring the farrier away. Luckily for me, he was very sympathetic and understanding. Zin had a couple of “moments” where it could have escalated, but because he was patient she was able to maintain some level of sanity. AND he was even able to shoe her hot – without her having a melt down! Overall I’m really pleased with how the whole thing turned out. I hope I won’t have another farrier related nightmare in another 6 weeks!
On another note, Zin is going back to work TOMORROW! I am having my trainer ride the first week so he can work out any shenanigans and then I will be switching over to taking lessons. I hope now I’ll be able to blog more regularly and have more posts about our training progress. Initially that’s why I started this blog, but apparently Zin had other ideas. I think she went and injured herself about 5 minutes after my first blog post was up. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, because, well…….horses.