I was talking with another boarder at my barn today about Cookie's bad habit of kicking while I pick out her back feet. It is her last really bad vice that I'm working on and while she has gotten much better, she will still test it sometimes and she has kicked me good before. <ouch!>
She suggested that I pick out her back feet from the opposite side, so instead of standing next to the kicking leg, I would be on the other side of the horse entirely and not in striking distance. So for example, I'd stand on the left side, and reach under the horse to pick up the right foot.
She never kicks unless the back foot is actually in the air and I'm holding it up, so I would not be worried about her kicking me for just being back there.
I can see the logic in this and am wondering if anyone here picks out their horses back feet this way? Is there any reason why I wouldn't want to just do it this way from now on?
This is the first I've heard of that and am wondering if there's anything wrong with it that I'm just not thinking of.
Oddly enough, she will stand fine for the farrier, she just wants to kill me. Lol