To Shoe

The big question I have now is whether or not I should put horseshoes on Zum. The lady at the feed store tells me that if Zum has good feet, keep him without shoes. My ferrier doesn’t want to put shoes on Zum as Zum won’t let anyone but me lift his feet up. I have been trimming Zum’s hooves for over a year now. But Zum wouldn’t let me pick up his front left hoof long enough to give it a good trim. I told myself that if I can teach Zum to pick up this front left hoof and if he finally has no problem letting me give it a good trim, maybe I should leave him without shoes. Yesterday Zum let me finally put this left hoof in a cradle and give it the trim it needed. This simple action took many repetitions and lots of patience but it is done!