Originally Posted by loosie
It's your job to train him though, not the farrier's, ...
Yes. Do yourself and your farrier a favor by seriously working on this. I've seen a lot of folks with young ones that really slack off with practice when the babies will let you just lift/handle their feet. There is a big difference between that (and even quickly picking out the hoof) and getting them to feel confident enough to hold their foot up for even a minute while you are working on them
, especially in the front where the weight is concentrated.
In my experience, two things are very valuable getting them ready for real hoof work.
1) Just 10 minutes of practice, every other day, increasing the 'hold up' time and taking a few strokes with the smooth side of an old rasp. Restrict their movement as much as possible and support their leg and body as much as necessary. They'll stop moving around and leaning on you as they become more confident balancing on three legs.
2) Having them watch while mom or other horses are being trimmed. You sometimes have to shoo them out of the way a bit, but the urge to emulate/imitate mom's (hopefully) good behavior is very