This is literally the most common question I get asked! The person asking is usually somewhere between completely frustrated and outright embarrassed that they can't get their horse to behave for the farrier.
My answer is aways "Of course, let me see what's going on and we'll figure something out".
I'm not saying that horses shouldn't be taught to stand and pick up their feet calmly and quietly. In a perfect world, this would always be the case, but there are many reasons why it don't always happen this way.
I've been on the other side of this scenario dealing with a horse that was literally cared of his own shadow and tying to find a farrier willing to work with him. That's how I got started in this business many years ago!
Whether it's due to a lack of training, bad experiences in the past or pain from an injury or chronic condition that's causing the problem, regular hoof care is still a necessary part of keeping your horse healthy. And providing support and helping owners figure out the best route to helping their horses become comfortable with the farrier is an important part of what I do. Sometimes it's spending time with a horse that's scared and trying to get them to trust me, trying to find a comfortable position for an older or arthritic horse or providing some training advice for an owner who's at their wits end.
No, I don't have a magic wand or some special technique to get your horse to cooperate, but I'm happy to work with you to find solutions for your horse.