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post #1 of 8 Old 11-02-2013, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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hey guys

So the miniature horse I work with has always been iffy with his feet. He hasn't tried to kick me in a while, but he still hesatates to lift them and hates it when I brush them. He is very impatient and leans all his weight on me, and he is heavy!

I found out that when he was an itty bitty foal, our owner (a less than merciful guy at times) had the farrier flip him on his back and hold him down while they did his feet. Kinda like a calf (yes I know you don't do cow feet but you get what I mean)

Any ideas on how to further him trust with me? How to let him know I'm just cleaning, not going to flip him.
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-02-2013, 07:20 PM
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Firstly, I don't think your horse remembers that specific incident, or that it's causing his current behavior. It's probably more of a bad habit, developed over time.

You have to be patient, and let him know you will not give up, no matter what he does. You can even give him a (gentle) nudge in the belly with your hoof pick as a correction.

Practice, practice,practice! Pick up his feet, and just holding them, without brushing. Then let them go, and start over. You can also hold a crop while you do this.

Good luck!
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-02-2013, 07:38 PM
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This series of videos showed me how to safely pick up and then work with my untouched big mares feet, she came around really quickly. I'm sure that you could do the same with a mini.

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-04-2013, 09:29 AM
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I second that I don't think he remembers that incident. He gets away with acting up when you do his feet, so he knows everytime he does you won't mess with him any more. I would say be persistent and gentle. Keep working with him a little at a time.

I have two minis I got in May, they were TERRIFIED of people. Here we are six months later and the younger one will stand for the farrier and is halter broke. The older one loves being pet and scratched, we still have to hold her physically for the farrier but she no longer fights. Minis just take a lot of time and love.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-05-2013, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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thank you guys so much, I have been working with him ever since I posted this and he really is improving. Thank you
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-05-2013, 10:28 AM
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I hook on a long rope or lunge line to the halter. If you have a lunge whip, or anything longer than 4', keep it handy. Pick up his foot and the moment he fights or leans, quickly send him out on the lunge and have him do 3 circles and make him hustle at the trot (not canter). Put him back in the same spot and start again. He didn't make a connection the first time so you'll probably have to repeat the lunging. It then becomes his decision to either stand and not lean or fuss or he gets to work. Horses have a need to conserve energy so usually by the third lunging they are ready to stand quietly. Be consistant with this for the next month as somewhere along the line he will test you, as horses do. Once that happens that's usually the end of it.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-05-2013, 01:50 PM
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Am I the only one who read the title and pictured your farrier giving you "the bird"?

I was wondering what you or your horse did that caused him to respond that way, LOL!
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-05-2013, 02:49 PM
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****..... we always put our minnie on the ground to do his feet.... its easier than trying to bend over and deal with him. He is more relaxed or at least subdued.

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