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post #1 of 15 Old 11-06-2008, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Picking out back hooves...!!!

Hey you guys!!

I need some help here.

Chance is very good with her front feet getting cleaned, so on so forth. But its her back hooves, you can brush around there ect but when you try and pick the up she kicks. SO lately ive just been asking her to rest her foot on her toe..

Shes great for ferrier more then 80% of the time... but she said its just gonan be something she does...

HELP?!???! I cant give them a full out clean so im afraid she could get like some kind of infection on the bottom if they dont get clean out throughly.

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post #2 of 15 Old 11-07-2008, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-07-2008, 08:32 AM
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Watch where you are standing, make sure you are tight in to the hip when you ask for the foot. That way if there is a kick it won't hurt as bad. Once you have the foot, make sure you are holding it correctly. Don't take the foot away from the body but rather back and out. People have a tendency to step out rather than back. This pulls the horses leg out and away from the hip causing discomfort for the horse.
Hold the foot till you feel the horse relax, then pick. If you make the experience more pleasant maybe you won't get the grief Just a thought.
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post #4 of 15 Old 11-07-2008, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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thanks Vida usually I hold it out back but lately shes been kicking out.. hmm ill try standing really close to her hip.. ill let yea know if i end up with a bruise of some sort :P
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I find that running my hand down my horse's cannon to the fetlock then pulling it forward before grasping his hoof works a whole lot better then trying to move his leg back right away. It seems to take all the stress out of picking up my horse's hind legs.

As Vita said, stay close to her hip to minimize any attempt to kick.

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post #6 of 15 Old 11-07-2008, 09:54 AM
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That's what I was going to suggest too. I stand close, rub the butt a couple time then run my hand down the leg and ask for the horse to pick up the hoof. I stand tight and go smooth and slow and comfortably. I have even put the hoof pick in my boot and used both hands to rub down the back leg like a mini-massage. Try to make it as calm and relaxing as possible, talking gently the entire time.

Be careful and good luck!!!

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post #7 of 15 Old 11-07-2008, 10:50 AM
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I have found lately that if I don't tie my horses and allow them to graze the lawn while I pick thier hooves, everthing goes alot easier and quicker. Not sure what I'll so now though as we got about 3 inches of snow yesterday :(
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The first thing I do with this sort of situation is to work at determining why the horse is evidencing this behavior...

I think fear first. If I can rule that out, I think pain. If I can rule that out, I think attitude.

Since the behavior is only showing up 20% of the time and since you don't mention other issues, it's likely that this is a behavioral issue, and she's trying to warn you off and threaten you away. If that's the case, you have to establish dominance so that she won't feel comfortable trying to move you away.

Establishing that you're the boss in this situation often requires nothing more than you being comfortable and confident with how you approach the horse. If you're hesitant about picking up the hinds, your mare will know it and will take advantage of your hesitancy. I would suggest that you spend some time with your farrier, getting him/her to help you find a comfort zone so that you can do this confidently and safely. And often!

Be careful out there, a little kick goes a long way
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post #9 of 15 Old 11-07-2008, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone ill keep these ideas in my head for tomorrow!!

*crosses fingers* lets just hope i dont get thrown across the barn! lol I think its fear about her back legs cause they use to tie them up to prevent kicking when trimming her hooves before I got her so i think shes a little worried about that as well.
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I know that you really need to get at this issue, but try to do a little at a time with her. Just pick up her foot, not high, just off the ground and praise her if she does OK. Then put it down. Do the other side. Do a bit more each time, but if she gets tense or kicks at any point, you've gone too far for that step - go back to the previous step and try again. If it's not pain and you are slow, patient but firm, you may be able to overcome this quite quickly.
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