Hi Folks. I'd like to share an experience with you. I have a young farrier, Harry, who is gentle & understanding with the ponies. However, Kirk, being a youthful five year old gelding, has developed a naughty habit of pulling his feet away. I was pretty sure he was just playing, especially as Kirk never tries to kick & Harry indulges him in a wrestling match, as his mentor taught him - the horse mustn't get away with that! Now, as Monty says, it's not the farriers job to train the equines so when Harry came last week we had a conversation. I said I would pay him 50p a minute ( that's £30 an hour - not bad wages even these days ) to help me train Kirk to behave with his feet. Harry looked aghast! He had other clients booked for later that afternoon. I said I was confident he would not be making huge sums from this & it wouldn't make him late. He agreed that, whenever Kirk tried to pull his foot away Harry would simply drop it & walk a few steps away. So there's Kirk, in the Dually, anticipating flexing his muscles & showing off. Harry picked up a front foot & within seconds Kirk is getting ready to yank it away. I said "drop it" which Harry did whilst I backed Kirk up 3 strides, albeit somewhat woodenly, before returning to the original spot. Each time Kirk resisted we repeated the same response, with greater cooperation as time went on, whilst Harry worked round all 4 hooves doing an initial paring. The total time was 6 minutes by which time Kirk had decided that standing still for the farrier, like he did as a foal, was his best option. The rest of the trimming session was a doddle. Harry got his fee plus £3. He was really impressed & said he will ask clients to adopt backing up rather than him trying to wrestle his subjects into submission - easier & safer for him & more effective for the horses. I'm very proud of Kirk, who performed exactly as I had hoped & expected, to provide a poignant & effective lesson. Hopefully Harry will use it to good effect elsewhere. Cheers, Jo.