First, I am leasing a horse... She is a paint, and she is BIG (for a paint.) she's around 1200 pounds. She is a good horse and she usually listens but sometimes she gets stubborn and wont pick up her feet. I am a very petite person, so trying to lift her foot by force is difficult, becasue she leans into it. I have tryed pinching her chestnut and pushing against her as hard as I can, but she refuses. I always end up having her owner do it becasue I am not strong enough. Any suggestions?? (She had a hoof ingury that had her unable to be ridden for a year and a half to two years. She was just starting to get back under saddle this past fall, so she is still a little green with things. She also recently had her feet done and her teeth floated, so I understand her not wanting to pick up her feet for me... She has been through a lot. I have also only known her for only a week now, so I am sure when she gets comfortable with me she will listen and do fine but until then I still need to pick out feet! Thanks! Just thought a little more information would help!)
Second, I want to braid her mane and tail eventually when it grows longer. Any suggestions for how to do it so it looks natural?
Thanks! Any help would be appreciated!