Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
He's avoiding this, perhaps out of fear or pain from a past experience--might have been before you bought him.
You should factor in a good month of feet training time every day. You want it be pleasant for him when you pick up every foot. Here's what I am doing. I'm working with my 6yo QH who will freeze up if forced to do new/scary things. I tie him up for grooming and start with the back foot that is cocked. I know that he's relaxed, so I lean on his hip slightly, run my hand down to the lower back of the cannon bone, squeeze until he lifts his leg. (I lean on the shoulder for the front legs.)
PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE and petting. I work my way around asking until I get a foot, praise after each one, and make a big deal out of the effort, which ONLY has to be giving you the foot, which you just hold for about 15 seconds. Work up to holding it for longer and longer periods, then pull it forward for a few seconds, as your farrier does when he files the hoof. Sometimes I start training things like this by keeping a supply of cut carrots close by, bc it's my favorite healthy treat. He does want to please you, buy can't get past the fear. =D