Originally Posted by usandpets
FaydesMom, I don't have as much time in as you. Maybe we're just lucky because I do the same.
All the horses that I've worked with that kick will do so before you even get your hand slid down the leg. If that's the case, I'll use a rope to get them used to being touched and picking up their hoof.
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I have one now that has had a few too many rear leg injuries and is very flighty about giving up his rears. I have gotten a lot of give from him on the fronts from when I first got him, but he is still not wanting to give the rears freely. I have the lunge line hooked to his halter and bring it around the back to the foot and keep steady pressure on it til he lifts it. Slowly release it back down after he picks it up. I can get him to pick them up by hand for about 10 seconds before the fight to get them back is on. So I'm going a little slower with him than usual.