Client asked me the other day if I get attached to the horses I 'do'.
'Ooh' thought I 'Now there's a highly charged question!'
It's a fine line to tread - 100% putting out for the horse, their welfare, physically and mentally, but still staying removed enough so as not to tread on the carer's toes.
I am not so sure I do that very well. So apologies to all my clients for when my enthusiasm gets the better of me.
Because you see, I do get attached to the horses. All of them. Even the little darlings that kick me every time I so much as look at them. They are my babies too.
And the hardest part of the job is when you have to walk away. Because you can't trim a horse sound and healthy if there is something else going wrong in their life which can't/won't be fixed. From inappropriate diet, unnatural living and perhaps the hardest of all (to discuss with carer anyway) riding technique. And while I could keep pitching up and doing my 'thing'; in my heart and soul I just can't.
But there are huge compensations - I was just thinking back over just the last few months and you know what, without even trying I can think of half a dozen horses that were chronically lame, some written off, which are now sound and working. And that is in less than a year.
Most of them, with changes in lifestyle and diet come sound in just a couple of months. Some of them will need boots periodically. But you know, boots is better than dead.
Yes they are my babies too and I love them all, nearly as much as my own.