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post #1 of 5 Old 02-07-2011, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 7 year old gelding leopard app. we got him as our first horse and he was not that bad he didn't mind being brushed and groomed and would let me or my husband pick his feet up.. (we think he was abused he is a one or 2 person horse) but over the last few months he will nip at u or swat his tail and moves a lot when u try and brush him and its a fight to pick up his feet.. Any advice
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-07-2011, 10:51 AM
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Well, I can give you a bit of advice on the feet. I often am put in the position of training the newer horses how to accept us picking their hooves and such. Honestly, it just comes down to being persistent...and has taught me a whole lot about patience. =-)

With some horses I work with, I know it's going to be a fight from the start. What I've started doing is blocking the horse's leg from moving with my closest leg/knee. When the horses try to put their feet back down, it is usually with a forward motion that starts with the knee (so they can get you to let go of their foot). If you block it, they can't really get any forward motion.

However, the best way is to start small if you are trying to desensitize a horse to something. Start by picking up a foot and holding it for a few seconds. If the horse doesn't resist, set it back down. If the horse resists, you can't let go. You have to hold on until they stop resisting. The moment they stop, you can let it go. Timing is very important. The instant they do what you ask, you give them the release. After that, it's just a matter of increasing the length of time until they don't have a problem with it anymore.

Hopefully that helps! I'm sure the more knowledgeable people will have some good advice for you too....
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-08-2011, 06:40 PM
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This honestly just sounds like a case of a horse that has been spoiled because he had a rough past so now anyone who handles him thinks that he doesn't need to have any discipline. Start back from the beginning with a good strong ground work base and don't let him get away with stuff.

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post #4 of 5 Old 02-09-2011, 07:11 AM
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I worked with a horse who had become very spoiled and aggressive. What I did to work him with picking up his feet I used my lunge whip to rub back and forth on his pasterns one at a time. As soon as he picked up the foot I was working with I stopped the rubbing. I moved on to the next foot with the same persistence; stopped as soon as that foot was picked up. I did that to all four feet always starting with the left front to the left back, to the right back to the right front. After a lot of sessions of that I then, working very close to his body moved my hand down his leg to his hoof picked the hoof up and set it back down. I set it down before he had time to react in a negative way. After a lot of doing that I started holding each hoof a little longer each time. I did eventually have him accepting having his hooves picked out. I worked with that horse for a solid month on ground work alone before I ever gave a thought to getting on his back.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-17-2011, 12:35 AM
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Lilly and I have foot wars sometimes too. If you have the kind of hoof pick that has a brush on the opposite side, tap on her heel (in the crevice just above the hoof) with the brush until she lets up. It doesn't hurt, it's just annoying and it's a quick, hassle and pain free way to get her to do what you want.
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