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.
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.