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        09-15-2012, 02:24 PM
    When I first got my 9 year old mare, she wouldn't let me pick up her back feet. She would, after a lot of leaning into her sholder and pulling, let me pick up her front feet. I kept at it, and after a week I could pick all her hooves without wrestling. Let your horse get to trust you. When you reward it, do so at the feet, so they associate you being down there with good things. This really helped me. I don't just drop her hooves either... Make sure to set it down gentle so they don't feel like they have to be on guard for the drop. You'll get it! :) A lot of these tips I read about in different threads on here. Good luck!!
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        09-18-2012, 04:59 PM
    I had that problem with my horse and his back feet. I did a couple things...and I should note that I did use a lead rope to pick them up before I felt comfortable using my hands. If he's really bad, start with the lead rope to avoid injury.

    -Try picking them up (without cleaning them out) for a couple seconds and set it back down before he had a chance to yank it away-make him think it was YOUR idea to put it down. Then praise the heck out of him when YOU put it down. Slowly make it longer each time you pick it up. Say "up" when you reach for a hoof. My horse is learning to lift his foot without me touching it by me saying "up". It also helps to say a very loud and very FIRM "NO!" each time he yanks away.

    -If my horse was full of himself that day I would use a round pen. I would do the above but if he tried yanking away I would IMMEDIATELY send him around the round pen at a very fast trot. I would make him "join up" with me, make him walk with me (w/o a halter or lead rope) and then I would attempt picking up the hooves again. It only took a couple rounds of sending him around the round pen for him to realize that standing still and obeying was a lot better:)
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        09-23-2012, 02:12 AM
    Also, check the frog of his foot and check to see if any bruises are in there.
    Probably wouldnt hurt to get a good farrier to take a look if your not real sure what to look for.
    And if the horse hasnt been shod (shoed) often, he may still need some training like other have said.

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