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    02-27-2012, 12:55 AM
  #1
Yearling
picking up the back feet

Ok I have a massive problem, I have been riding for years at a pony club but there we were not allowed to pick up the back feet as a rule to clean them and so now that I own my own horse, well this is embarassing but I don't know how to clean them. I can do that front feet in about 20 second and very confidently but when I have tried and pulled him back feet up, he does it but I just let go coz it feels so wrong I was taught if a horse picks his foot up like that he's going to kick out so its so hard to fight against not moving away and so far I have not been able to succesffuly hold his back hoof up and clean it . Any tips? He does try and pullhis leg back as I've seen some horses do and my friends made him relax it back and cleaned it for me. I just doont know how to get over my fear and do it. He needs them done and I really want to. Any tips, ideas or suggestions for me to learn this simple things :/ please don't give me a lecture either, im honestly trying...
     
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    02-27-2012, 01:12 AM
  #2
Started
Why weren't you allowed to clean the back feet? Did someone else do it for you or were the horses back feet just never done?

A horse's hoof health is crucial if you want an overall healthy horse that is going to do it's best for you.

Cleaning a horse's hind hooves are pretty much the same as the front, I hold the front part of the hoof with one hand and the hoof pick in the other..to me it's pretty much the same thing but sometimes I will rest his leg on my thigh (sort of like a farrier)

Sorry if it wasn't a good explanation, but look up "how to clean a horse's hooves" on YouTube.

Hope I helped
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    02-27-2012, 01:12 AM
  #3
Weanling
Do exactly what your friend does. When you pick up the hoof, think of it as picking up the front hoof, which you know you can do.

You just have to make yourself do it. Nothing more to it. The more you do it, the quicker you will get over the fear of it.
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    02-27-2012, 01:47 AM
  #4
Yearling
Thanks guys and the instructor either did them or they werent done at all if she forgot :/
     
    02-27-2012, 02:06 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I'm not sure how true this is but I was told if you try to stick as close to the horse as possible rather then kind of lingering beside them they have less power behind the e.g kick. This is a bit hard to explain but kind of get in front of the hind leg and put your arm/shoulder right up against the front of the leg. Then they will move forward or sideways sometimes to kick and in the process move you out of the way rather then doing you any real damage. I have been in your position before and doing this always make me feel more confident and in control. I hope this makes some sense.
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    02-27-2012, 01:57 PM
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Weanling
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I'm not sure how true this is but I was told if you try to stick as close to the horse as possible rather then kind of lingering beside them they have less power behind the e.g kick. This is a bit hard to explain but kind of get in front of the hind leg and put your arm/shoulder right up against the front of the leg. Then they will move forward or sideways sometimes to kick and in the process move you out of the way rather then doing you any real damage. I have been in your position before and doing this always make me feel more confident and in control. I hope this makes some sense.
I second this. The closer you are to the horse, the less power they can get behind a kick. They can still step on you, but I'd rather be stepped on that kicked, personally.
Lean right up against their leg. Sometimes if you put your weight against the leg the horse is more inclined to give you the foot.
     
    02-27-2012, 02:19 PM
  #7
Trained
IMPORTANT!! You pull the back foot backwards and rest it on your thigh. IF your horse wants to kick you, he must pull it forwards. If this happens, you get knocked forward and can get out of the way.

Even some horses with the best manners gets a fly that he wants to kick, so it's important that you stay safe.
Start by just picking up your horse's feet. Unless there is a stone or an absess your horse will survive a good week of JUST foot gymnastics while YOU learn. I would start with the back foot when your horse is resting with one of them cocked bc his balance is already on the Other back foot.
Next pay ATTENTION when your farrier works on your horse. Any farrier will be happy to give advice about this bc it makes your horse easier for him to trim/shoe.
     
    02-27-2012, 02:51 PM
  #8
Weanling
I agree with standing right up next to the horse and also pulling the hoof straight backwards 9never heard of resting it on your thigh to pick it out though).
My horse gives a couple tiny soft kicks usually and I just hold the hoof until its over, you kind of have to get a feel of it with your own horse. Having a farrier or someone else knowledgeable around horses to help you the first few times could probably be a big help to you!! Good luck :)
     
    02-28-2012, 12:29 AM
  #9
Started
The thigh thing is just something I have always done..picked it up from a barn owner, he always did it so I just decided to try it one day & voila! It wasn't as heavy lol!
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    02-28-2012, 02:15 AM
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Yearling
Thanks guys I'm going to hopefully try it out this afternoon. I was taught the closer you stay to the horse the less chance of getting hurt badly and that you can feel the muscles bunching/movement and move out of the way, I've never been kicked before so far its a very practical way to act around a horse. Lol.
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