So now a days Duke allows Lindsay to trim all of his feet whilst remaining as relaxed as he can be throughout.
Over time Duke eventually came to fully accept the foot stand for his hinds too.
During his training with me he made quite a few friends and has ended up staying with me permanently. I decided not to re back him but to let him retire and live out his life as a companion in my small herd of horses. He enjoys being walked out in hand, massaged and loved dearly.
I have found Duke to be a great teacher, not just for me over the years that we have had together but often helping people to understand the importance of using their body language and energy in a way that isn't contradictory to what they want from him.
Lindsay commented after her first encounter with Duke that she had never witnessed any horse so terrified of the `farrier' image.
The method used to train Duke to overcome his fear was not difficult or complicated but based on the body language gestures that horses use with each other and the horses psychology.
So many problems can easily be fixed using this knowledge but just as importantly so many problems can easily avoided by using this knowledge.
I strongly believe that learning the language gestures of the horse and studying their psychology is surely the best gift you could ever give to your horse.
Duke's previous owner and I are hugely indebted to Lindsay for her tremendous patience and kind ways; helping Duke to rebuild this trust and find comfort again.
Also I would like to thank McTimoney Chiropracter Ruth Greenhill and Equine Physiotherapist Sarah Price for all their hard work and gentle ways with Duke, helping him on the road to recovery.
In my 13 years of helping horses I have yet to find a horse that was more terrified of the farrier than Duke. He has taught me so much and throughout the years we have developed an incredibly strong bond together. In turn I have been able to help many horses overcome their worries and bad foot handling experiences, which is truly so incredibly rewarding.