01-21-2012, 09:06 AM
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My mare will go to her knees periocially and even my filly has, but it's very uncommon for her. I always know why. They want to move vs stand still for their hoofs to be picked. I pick them daily, no matter the weather, and usually in the pasture. The mare is never saddle before picking, but on random days she'll want to eat some grass that's 2 inches beyond her reach while I'm doing her feet :)) or want to go over to the hay feeder. At times she'll just get tired of stand for me so that when I go to her back feet she'll walk off (usually when I'm doing the last one), so then I put a halter on her and tie her off while I do the last foot.
She loves to test me a few times a month by leanling on me doing the front the front or sitting back when I do her hind feet. It's just her testing me and she accepts when I poke her back with my elbow, brush or pick handle (which ever is immediately convenient) that I'm not going to tolerate it.
I don't think she'd stand well for me to pick her after being saddled. She won't leave the saddle, me or the filly alone if I pick out the filly's feet and make her wait to be saddled. Her reaction to the saddle is that it goes on her back and realively soon. Once saddled she's ready to go doens't want you messing feet or with some other horse either. She'll wait if she has to, but she doesn't care to.