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        01-04-2012, 12:50 PM
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    Trained
    You are welcome

    Good luck
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        01-04-2012, 12:55 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Is your pony aggressive or disrespectful about it? Is she fearful?
    How exactly does she act when you try to pick up her feet? (Swings her butt over? Kicks? Becomes very tense? Etc)

    Has she always been temperamental about having her feet handled?

    Is she otherwise disrespectful in any of her behaviour?
         
        01-04-2012, 12:58 PM
      #13
    Foal
    She leaps about;+swings her butt over.
    And ime not really sure I asked her old owner; if she was cos I thought it was bcause she hadn't settled in properly. But I've had her a year!. And no she's really loyal and respectful to me x
         
        01-04-2012, 01:25 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Good luck with this
         
        01-04-2012, 02:22 PM
      #15
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    Have her hooves been checked for any illnesses? For example, my horse was diagnosed with thrush and, ever since his treatment has been started and the thrush - gradually removed, as well as corrective trimming given, he has become more sensitive about his hooves and dislikes them being picked, because the frogs hurt a little when touched directly, until healed.
         
        01-04-2012, 02:33 PM
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    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    Have her hooves been checked for any illnesses? For example, my horse was diagnosed with thrush and, ever since his treatment has been started and the thrush - gradually removed, as well as corrective trimming given, he has become more sensitive about his hooves and dislikes them being picked, because the frogs hurt a little when touched directly, until healed.
    I second this.. when my guy had thrush on the backs.. he would start kicking out because he knew I had to clean them and it hurt him a little (it was tender.. he was just being a big ol' baby :P)

    But it's good to do it in an open space, like an aisle or outside. Better to be held than in cross-ties in case she gets fresh.
    If you can do the fronts for a little bit, work on those and leave the backs alone. Just work on rubbing them without asking anything. Then over time, ask for a weight shift.. then ask for her to pick it up (and you don't catch it) and then ask for her to pick it up, catch it.. put it back down after 2 seconds.. then build on the time.

    If you go too fast.. then she'll slam them down or kick at you or loose her balance (maybe that's what is frustrating her?)

    Do you do any basic yielding/lateral groundwork with her? As in moving her hind over, her body over, her front over ?
         

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