I'm inquiring about sedation by the Ferrier because the horses (Mijo and Mija) that I've written about in other topics here on the forum are in dire need of their feet done. It seems very difficult to find a Ferrier and the Ferrier that I did find came out a few months back and just did a trim on both the horse's feet. (The previous kid that did the work before that, will not be invited back.) This Ferrier, that trimmed their feet the last time, (without drugs) did pretty well with them, but they were somewhat bad, and he kept having to stop and correct them, even though I had a "trainer" gal come out to help him, they were able to get both horses done. Mijo being the worst for not cooperating and trying to blast away from them, despite the dually halter. The horses were not being hurt and both handlers were very good with them I thought.
Now, after a couple of months of growth, I really think she at least needs a full set of shoes, if not both of them. I am afraid to work them very hard without getting their hooves done as they seem to be cracking and chipping up pretty good in the pasture rocks. His feet are actually pretty good, he's never had shoes, his hooves seem to do pretty well naturally chipping but hers crack up pretty good. This summer, I would like to work with them more, I hope to make some really good progress with them but they have to have their feet done first.
The Ferrier is insisting on sedation, should I go with that or try to find another Ferrier? I really would like them to learn, instead of being drugged but he's putting this out there for his own safety and I understand that ...to a point.
What to do with these crazy horses of mine!?
Any advice will be highly regarded,