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        11-01-2009, 03:33 PM
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    I have two young fillies, that allow me to only brush them lightly with a body brush. Is there any ways I can introduce them to other brushes. If so what brushes shall I use? Also has anyone got any advise or tips for picking up their feet?
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        11-01-2009, 05:24 PM
    Ohhhhhhhhhh, I know :)

    I just started off brushing them like I ment it while having the headcollar on, they quite like it as their coats will be itchy, and by brushing their legs and then moving your hand down like normal they will life feet up but beware they will get unbalanced, grab it then set it down ont he ground again, and praise them, I started with a curry comb all over the body,they love it
        11-01-2009, 05:27 PM
    Originally Posted by sophie123    
    I have two young fillies, that allow me to only brush them lightly with a body brush. Is there any ways I can introduce them to other brushes. If so what brushes shall I use? Also has anyone got any advise or tips for picking up their feet?

    If you can brush them with that brush, you shouldnt have a hard time brushing them with the other brushes :)

    For picking up there feet, can they pick up there feet where they trained for it ?
    If not, work slowely, like rub them from there neck and start going down there leg, if they stand still and allow it than praise them.
    When you can get far enough squeeze the tendon I believe on the back of there leg and they should lift it, if not squeeze the chestnut, it irritates them and they lift up their feet.
    If they try to put there foot down, don't let them keep it up and when you are finished slowely and gently put the foot down.
        11-25-2009, 01:54 PM
    Thank you twisterrush, your advice really helped. I can now groom them all over and pick up their feet with minimal effort.
        11-26-2009, 02:04 PM
    As regards picking up the feet, I would only concentrate on the fronts,and until they are happy with that, just leave the backs alone. And don't squeeze the tendon, that's too harse for them; just use your shoulder to lean into thier body and only lift the foot a little bit of the ground to begin with. And remember, allowing you to pick up thier feet is putting them in a vulnerable position, to thier way of thinking, so go easy with them and make it a non threatening experience; don't do anything that gives them discomfort ie squeezing the tendon, it's not necasarry.

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