It got to +5C (roughly 42F) today so I decided to get one of the three horses groomed, ridden and hoof trimmed. It was Great! After about 15 minutes of chasing Boom around my tiny, cleared out paddock, he quit, looked at me and mosied up. After tacking him up, I rode around the paddock for about 10 minutes, then headed down the road. He was compliant all the way.
An hours ride had Boom breaking a sweat, so it was back home to trim the feet. Again, he was excellent!
When I put him back into the field, he took two steps, flopped down and had a good snow roll. After getting up, he shook like a big dog ( a really big dog!) then proceeded to roll on the other side.
The next horse will be Tucker, tomorrow, then I will be done trimming feet for another 10 weeks. maybe by then, my back will have recovered. I am too tall to be a farrier.
The next 2 weeks are forecast to be just above freezing in the daytime and just below freezing at night. By the end of 2 weeks I hope that the horses (and me) will be back in summer riding shape.
Think warm, and keep the horse between you and the ground!