The mare I ride absolutely HATES her feet and legs being touched. You can get them up to pick hoves if you are quick, but she wont take it for long. Shel pull the leg out of your hand, stomp, and even lean on you. Any suggestions on what to do in breaking this habit?
My farrier had me use a nice soft cotton lead rope and loop it around my mare (no longer have her ) ankle and ask her to pick it up and when she wouldn't I would just pull gently on the rope to pull it up and even if she kicked ,stomped etc I wasn't in the firing range and it worked wonderful. However you must do this gently and not pull on it hard.Hope this helps.
My two year old likes to do silly things like that as well, but he just needs work on remembering to balance himself haha.
He's actually almost fallen over on top of me cause he shifts around so much. I just hold his foot for as long as I can when he tries to paw and be a dork, sometimes its pretty hard though considering he's a fair bit stronger than I am!
If she's just being bratty, you can try the rope thing, but that's more of a training "how-to-do-it" to me. What I've done, especially with a helper to hold her, is I hold up her foot and don't let go. If she's stupid enough to lean on you, let her go down WHILE YOU ARE STILL HOLDING HER FOOT... she doesn't want to fall trust me. But you can't do this with her tied. If you are close to her body, and holding her foot, she can't do much harm to you. You may have a few bruises, but she can't effectively kick you like that.