Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Somewhere in the US of A
If it does bother you that he does it I would not tie a board to his leg though. It could freak him out and though it could help, it could also damage him, I have seen foals freak out (Of course if you introduce it right it would be okay) and one almost broke his leg the owner was lucky it was just a sprain. So if you want him to stop I would try Iseul's or SaddleBag's though Like Iseul said that does not always work and personally I tried SaddleBag's and it did not help either it actually just made her more impatient so she dug ten times more then she had originally, went without her grain for an hour (Which is a long time for a mare who LOVES grain), until she got distracted so I put it back and she went right back to digging as soon as I was a few feet away, did this for a week and it didn't change. So it all depends on the horse and what he learns best from.
And as for the handling and stuff that is great, as long as he stays that way I wouldn't worry about it. It has not hurt my mare and she has done it for nine years now. Only makes the hoof a little flat looking from all the digging, probably builds muscle too.