The special needs horse with speckles, Jack, is shown in the video below willingly allowing his farrier, Al, to work on his feet. In fact, while the farrier attempts to finish his work, he nudges and kisses him with an attitude of satisfied thanks.
From behind the camera, Jack’s owner exclaims, “I adore you, Al, for mending my feet!” while the farrier makes jokes about getting hitched to the devoted stallion. Every conscientious horse owner is aware of how important it is to take care of their animal’s feet in order to preserve its health. Overgrown or uneven hooves can eventually split or shatter, damaging the horse’s leg muscles and tendons and possibly jeopardizing the alignment of its spine.
According to an article from Horses & Horse Information, the hooves need to be trimmed, evened out, and fitted with shoes approximately every six weeks to prevent these issues. The condition and shape of each hoof, as well as the horse’s activities, play a significant role in determining which material to use for the shoe, what size it should be, and into which shape it should be formed. A professional farrier is knowledgeable about how to trim and balance a horse’s hooves.
For a healthy horse, trimming hooves is not unpleasant; it is quite comparable to cutting one’s toenails. Jack doesn’t appear to mind Al filing and polishing his hooves; in fact, he seems appreciative of the pedicure.