Linus Progress

June 13, 2013

Yesterday I did some ground work with Linus.  He has not gotten a lot of attention for the past week and a half while I prepared and attended the Mounted Games Mid-Atlantic #2 Competition in Centre Hall, PA.

He is happy to wear his fly mask now, but he has been apprehensive about fly spray.  But today, He took it like a champ.  I also greased his nose up with some sunblock.  He seemed to enjoy that, particularly wiping it back off all over me.

Next I decided to give his hooves some attention.  To recap, Linus is afraid of men and apparently ferrier tools.  I have already had two brief sessions with the rasp, getting him accustomed to it.  So today I broke out the little emergency nail nippers I have.  They are not exactly made for real hoof trimming.  They are more for emergency work.  But I figured I would give it a go and see how it went.

And it went surprisingly well.  I was able to trim off some toe!  Score.  And then I used the rasp.  He let me tuck his hooves between my knees, like a ferrier.  I was so proud of him.

Just to be clear, I am no ferrier, nor do I claim to have any type of skill with hoof trimming at all.  My expertise is limited to rasping out chips between trims.  But all and all, I am pretty happy with both Linus and myself.

I think I will pick up a hoof knife and a better pair of nippers in the near future.

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Simon wanted sunblock on his nose too

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Sunblock got on more than just Linus’s pink nose.

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He is standing a little awkwardly.

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