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post #1 of 13 Old 05-08-2012, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning out hooves.

My horse won't pick up his feet! He starts to lift it, then puts it down again. His back feet are the worst.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-08-2012, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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sorry, this was supposed to be in horse grooming.
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-08-2012, 06:04 PM
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There are so many threads on this topic. Just do a search and I'm sure you will find lots of information.

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post #4 of 13 Old 05-08-2012, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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ok, thanks.
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ok, thanks.
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-08-2012, 08:57 PM
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How are you asking for the foot? Has he been taught to lift his foot (this may sound obvious, but it is surprising how many people just assume the horse knows how to do what they are asking when the horse has not, in fact, ever been taught what is expected of them - leads to frustration for horse and human)
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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well, i squeeze in a certain spot, and tap the back of his hoof with the hoof pick. he is trained to lift his foot.
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 10:42 AM
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Since you mention you are renting the horse - have you spoken with the horses owner/trainer and asked for some additional work with them, yourself and the horse to perfect your asking? If the horse knows what is being asked and is not complying you are either not asking correctly for this horse or the horse has a general sense that he does not have any need to listen to any requests you make of him.
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 10:42 AM
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I had this issue. I don't think I can help, because this answer might be odd, but I changed farriers & went barefoot at the same time. When I bought smokie, the guy I bought him from picked a hoof up, and he leans ALL his weight on him. He never did that to me, but when he would give me his hoof, he would decide to take it away and slam it down, or he wouldn't give it at all. Now for some reason, he'll give it and not take it away until I give it back. I don't know if it's the farrier (who is awesome) or the barefoot but those are the only 2 changes
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post #10 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 01:58 PM
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Moved to "Grooming"...

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