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post #11 of 13 Old 11-22-2007, 07:55 PM
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All these tips are amazing for picking up feet. Some ive never heard of!

Just think of it from the horses point of view(somewhat) If someone grabbed your leg and was trying to lift it what would you think? Take baby steps.

Follow any bit of the advice given cause its all great. Once she lifts her foot, hold it up for a second or two then put it down right away and praise her. Let her know your not there to harm her and that picking up her feet wont kill her.

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post #12 of 13 Old 12-11-2007, 08:25 PM
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hey i have found that gently squeezing the horses chesnut normally works otherways i lean on the horses sholder as i do it which pushes the horses weight to the other leg which makes it hareder for the horse to keep its hoof down.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-12-2007, 09:09 PM
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I once lease a horse that refused to lift her feet, you had to drag that sucker from the ground. So what we would do was once we took her out, we picked up all her feet, then we'd brush her, and pick up all her feet, then we'd groom her mane and tail then pick up all her feet, then we'd lunge and work her and then, you guessed it, pick up her feet. Then we'd ride or whatever and then after the first week or horrendously struggling the by the time the third week came and by that time if you started up by her shoulder and ran down, by the time you touched her knee, her leg would be up and waiting for you. It was wonderful. Plus she was tall, so I barely had to bend down.
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