I have a hoof manner problem with my two mares. I started trimming myself this summer, and I get really frustrated looking at their hooves and thinking about what I need to do, but often I can achieve very little because they won't stand quietly
One is a 12yo Arab mare, currently on the brink of foaling. She had a hoof issue in one forefoot that prompted me to start trimming in the first place, (I bought her in June). She is strong-willed but good-natured (typical Arab!). Her favourite trick is to lift her foot but then slam it back to the ground. I often wonder how she doesn't hurt herself. If my fingers were underneath, she'd mash them! It seems to me like no-one has ever taught her to lift her feet and Relax. She gets all uptight about it. Seeing as she's so huge with the foal right now, I don't want to stress her out too much over this, but as soon as she foal I need to sort this problem. Ideas please?!
The other mare is young (3yo) and I reckon no-one's taught her much either. She has a tying-up issue which we're slowly working out, but which doesn't help with hoof work. And she has wobbly legs. She's always standing in weird postures, four-square is a rarity for her. I don't know why? So when I pick up her front feet, she sits back so low it's like she going to hit the floor and I have to let her foot go or she'll probably fall on me. By the way, she's Big (Spanish)... too big for to have her sitting on my lap, anyway.
What can I do with them? I know if I release their feet when they misbehave I'm reinforcing the wrong behaviour, but I don't know what I can do.
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