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    03-29-2012, 03:45 PM
Originally Posted by I LOVE PAINTS 101    
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    03-29-2012, 06:06 PM
Originally Posted by DressageDreamer    
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.
Exact same thing I do! Works like a charm with my horse :)
    03-29-2012, 06:34 PM
Green Broke
One thing with picking up back feet?

Do not V your hand and pick foot up with your thumb on one side/fingers on other, as you do with front feet. That can, if horse decides to kick, dislocate/break your thumb.

Horse's power in back feet is to kick backwards, front feet is to strike forwards, so the V works there, but to safely pick up back feet, cup your hand, keeping fingers and thumb together as you give cue to pick up foot.

Keeping shoulder against horse is good too, as it is anytime you are working around horse, or some part of you touching lightly as that will signal you if horse is fixing to move.

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