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    02-28-2012, 03:59 AM
No need to lift the foot so high as to be able to rest it on your thigh - many horses dislike this infact.

Every time you pick up a foot say to your horse "Hold Up" eventually he will just pick the foot up on command.

For the back feet. Stand close to the side of the horse run your hand down the back of the leg and then around to the inside and ask the horse to lift up the leg by giving the fetlock a little tug. Don't hold the foot too high or too far back as this encourages the horse to wave its foot around. Pick out just as you would the front foot.

Should the horse plan to protest you can then just release your hand as you step backwards away from the foot.

Staying close to the horses side reduces the force of a kick - the power is in the end of the kick.
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    03-01-2012, 07:01 AM
I tried today and he was anughty and tried to kick :/ not sure how im going to do this
    03-01-2012, 07:26 AM
Green Broke
I hope you corrected him for that and continued to work with his back feet, otherwise he'll think kicking will get him out of doing what you want. Also kicking is obviously a bad habit to have.
    03-01-2012, 07:33 AM
My friend took over and did it and I watched carefully. Hopefully tomorrow I will try again and be able to get it :/
    03-01-2012, 08:35 AM
Green Broke
The one and only time my pony threatened to kick when I picked up a back foot he got a wollop on his arse so hard he shot accross his stable. Never tried it again.
Stand close, if he waves the hoof round hang onto it and if he threatens to kick you smack him!
    03-06-2012, 12:33 AM
When my kids and 4-h'ers are learning to clean back hooves, if they are nervous I have them stand right next to me and a little behind while I pick up the hoof and hold it. I show them how to hold it and what it looks like when the horse relaxes with the hoof in your hand. Once the horse relaxes, I let the child take the hoof from me and clean the hoof themselves. I always use a horse that is very good about his hooves for this, so the kids can get comfortable without getting hurt. I bet you could find someone to do this with you. :)
    03-07-2012, 06:40 PM
My large mare has learned to tip her hoof up on it's center edge so that it is still on the ground but the bottom of the hoof is exposed to me. I am small and holding the hind leg is difficult. I lift her hoof and set it down in the position I want it and she stays put while I clean away! I can do the front ones just fine, but the weight of the hind legs is a bit much. Of course, I can trust her to be good so that helps.
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    03-25-2012, 06:49 PM
Originally Posted by faye    
The one and only time my pony threatened to kick when I picked up a back foot he got a wollop on his arse so hard he shot accross his stable. Never tried it again.
Stand close, if he waves the hoof round hang onto it and if he threatens to kick you smack him!
I second this, when mine decides to be onry and he tries to kick or pull his foot from me he gets me going after his rump fo a few minutes and he gets to move his feet and work until he decides to cooperate. After a few times he got the idea and seldom gives me trouble with trims now.
    03-25-2012, 09:44 PM
Aw, it's okay! We all have worries about something!

Well, I would advise taking it slow. Pick up the horses' hoof, then put it down, then pick it up for a few seconds, then put it down again. After a little while, your confidence will grow, your trust in your horse will grow, and your horse will pick up it's feet very well. :)
    03-29-2012, 04:43 PM
Watch this video on youtube http://www.Youtube.com/How/to/groom/...lus/extra/pics)

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