Yesterday was hoof-trimming day here at Slate Range Camp, and three of the four got 'pedicures'. I was trying to explain what this is like to some non-equine friends shortly before my farriers, Erika and Keith, arrived. When I said it was their version of a trip to the day spa, it occurred to me that for the donkeys, the reward is grazing on fresh green grass after the trimming.
Erika has been training with a great barefoot trimmer, Phil Marrone, and she and hubby Keith use the grinder to speed up the process. We have been working with the animals to decondition them to the sound and feel, and both Abraham and Assteroid managed to stand, well-behaved and happy to get treats, while they each got 15-minute nail touchups.
I discovered that they both love pancakes... there was a stack leftover from Sunday morning breakfast and they thought chunks of pancakes were excellent reward for standing patiently.
We took care of the easy donkeys first, and then had to work with Rose, who has fear of foot treatments... it took a lot of coaxing but finally Keith was able to use the rasp and file down her front toes, which have grown way too much. My past farrier especially didn't like working with Rose, who didn't like him, and he stopped calling us or returning my calls. After much fussing and coaxing, then abandoning the grinder for the rasp, we all laughed to see her turn her head and watch him filing on her foot! Here's a 'before' photo of how long in the toes she had gotten.
And here's an 'after' shot of happy grazing...