Thanks for all the ideas. I'll try the rope trick next time. It sounds like the key is patience and timing: always try and let go while you're in control so you can praise the horse, instead of letting go because the horse is in control.
And if that means praising her for just shifting her weight, Kayella, I'll go with it. Because she (the Arab) doesn't often lift it for long enough to try the circles, I'll start small with her.
I've got big news too! She foaled this morning
It looks like I won't be checking her feet for a few days. She is one PROTECTIVE mother. She won't let anyone near the foal, and because the foal is always close by, I can't get near her without her freaking out either. And this is a horse you can do anything with normally (except pick up her feet of course!). I hope she'll catch on soon that I don't want to hurt her foal, and calm down.
The 3yo filly doesn't have a sore foot, Kayella. She's careless with her legs and often leaves one in a really weird position when she's eating or resting, or even under saddle. I think she's just experimenting, seeing what she can get away with. But she's smart and learns quick, and she's not mean in the least.
By the way Duckdodgers, I haven't seen many farriers in years. I had a horse as a teenager, then nothing until I bought the Arab mare this summer. I've learnt trimming from the Barefoot Horse site, with invaluable help from Marjorie, and here I am. I had the farrier out once to trim her before I started, but this is rural Spain and barefoot trimming is not common, non-existent in my area. Observing farriers isn't really a possibility so I'll stick with the training ideas you've all given me.
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