The new farrier gets a kicking

It has been several weeks since I have tried to get Cristian the farrier to come and trim the donkeys’ hooves. He was very good with them last year and managed to deal with the rood and norty behaviour very successfully. Having tamed Matilde, who is the most headstrong, he worked his way through the hooves of Aitana and Morris. Finally, he got kicked by Rubí, who was last to be done and had worked herself up into a state while watching the others being done.  Last year’s episode can be seen here.

So now we have Jacobo, licensed farrier: a very big man in a leather apron and quite a well-stocked van, with travelling blacksmith forge and everything. Not that we barefoot donkey family require that sort of nonsense. Just a hoof trim all round.  When I say “just a hoof trim”, what I mean is a full-on battle with kicking, snorting, stamping and general roodness.

Morris keeps still at last: having already kicked the farrier three times

Morris keeps still at last: having already kicked the farrier three times

Well, maybe it was unsurprising Cristian didn’t want to come back again after last year. Jacobo did a very good job: same reduced price as Cristian for doing four animals. He looked a bit exhausted afterwards. I hope he comes back next time they need doing. Norty rood animals.

Here’s Aitana’s front right hoof after trimming. She lets me pick up her foot with no fuss. Maybe they are all terrified of the leather apron…

Morris with pretty hooves

Morris with pretty hooves


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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7 Responses to The new farrier gets a kicking

  1. cg says:

    Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:
    Morris looks content, after his hooves were trimmed. Catholic woman was a blacksmith in our parish, in the 1970’s.

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    I don’t know if Jacobo is a Catholic, but he doesn’t swear when he gets kicked. I do.

  3. Luisa says:

    Good post. Brave man, Jacobo!
    Is everything ok with those horrid neighbours of yours? Is your bitten arm healing fine?

  4. We will lend you Massimo if you need him next year! Arrived last week like Jacobo and half way through the hour long trimming of ONE rood and norty donkey’s hooves he asked if we would swap him for two mules he had because he was a proper donkey with a proper donkey attitude! At this point Ambrogio had both back legs tied to the retaining fence ( which just about coped with the strain, Dave was looking a little worried) and was increasingly annoyed because he had not yet had any of his kicks make contact with Massimo, only with my phone, which survived the encounter (antique samsung, it’s great). The expression in Ambrogio’s eyes by the last hoof very clearly read ” I will put up with this as all my legs are immobilised, but I am going to kill you afterwards.” Massimo untied him, gave him some oats and a big hug. Apparently the offer of a swap is still on.

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    I can identify with that story. After yesterday, I wonder why anyone wants to be a farrier…

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    Hi Luisa. I can’t say too much on the blog about the situation with the neighbours as it is now a police matter. They have obviously panicked after the police attention and the house is not quite so “busy” now. I will do an update on the blog later. My arm is healing up but a dog bite is one of the most painful type of wounds and it has been nasty.

  7. I am sticking to reading donk blogs from now on. I like donks….kicking and all. They just do what comes natural. No malice…that’s the key thing.

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