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    02-28-2012, 12:25 AM
  #11
Yearling
Try squeezing her leg right at the chestnut. Most horses will automatically pick their legs almost like a reflex. It works with my 2 geldings. =)
     
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    02-28-2012, 04:05 AM
  #12
Yearling
How experienced are you? I ask as many novice owners have this problem. Be bold and commanding when you go to pick up the foot. Think "You will pick your foot up NOW" often it is just the handler being a bit cautious about picking up feet.

I always say "Hold Up" to my horses as I pick the foot up. You can first try squeezing the fetlock joint - if that doesn't work pinch between the cannon bone and tendon, if that fails then twist the chestnut. Do you have a riding instructor that maybe could give you a 'ground work lesson'
     
    02-28-2012, 11:06 AM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by Tnavas    
How experienced are you? I ask as many novice owners have this problem. Be bold and commanding when you go to pick up the foot. Think "You will pick your foot up NOW" often it is just the handler being a bit cautious about picking up feet.

I always say "Hold Up" to my horses as I pick the foot up. You can first try squeezing the fetlock joint - if that doesn't work pinch between the cannon bone and tendon, if that fails then twist the chestnut. Do you have a riding instructor that maybe could give you a 'ground work lesson'
I've been riding/raising horses for 11 years. This is the one mare I've ever had a problem getting to pick up her feet. I've tried squeezing her chesnut but all she does is swing around and bite me. Getting an instructor up here would be more hassel and money that I'd rather not spend (we live way up in the hills).
     
    02-28-2012, 11:56 AM
  #14
mls
Trained
How well does she respond to the farrier?
     
    02-28-2012, 11:03 PM
  #15
Foal
The farrier doesn't have any problems with her. The only person who ever has a problem with her is me! And unfourtanetly I'm the person who has to take care of her.
     
    02-28-2012, 11:42 PM
  #16
Yearling
Another tactic I love is using a hoof pick to start tapping the fetlock getting harder and harder till that foot comes up.

You'd start as normal run your hand down her leg with a bit of pressure cup the fetlock ask by a gentle 'pull' then still holding the fetlock start tapping. Can also use your hand but not as effective.
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    02-29-2012, 10:19 AM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by Prinella    
Another tactic I love is using a hoof pick to start tapping the fetlock getting harder and harder till that foot comes up.

You'd start as normal run your hand down her leg with a bit of pressure cup the fetlock ask by a gentle 'pull' then still holding the fetlock start tapping. Can also use your hand but not as effective.
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Tried that and it worked! Thank you for the tip!
     
    02-29-2012, 03:08 PM
  #18
Foal
With the positive reinforcement training (clicker training) you will be using something that she values. There is something in it for her. This helps the horses to become invested in the training process and the positive outcome. She will come around pretty quickly. It will also change her attitude about lifting her legs. Instead of doing it begrudgingly she will be happy to oblige. This may give you some ideas: Teaching Your Horse to Stand Quietly for the Farrier : On Target Training with Shawna Karrasch
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