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  • How do I keep a stuborn horse still while your trying to clean its hoovs

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    10-26-2012, 09:50 AM
  #11
Foal
I used to ride a 20 something year old arab/app cross in lessons. His favorite game was called "I will not pick up my feet". You could pinch, poke, lean, jab - you name it and he just stood there. Made it really hard when you were on a time schedule for a lesson.

So, I resorted to bribes. For each foot, a piece of carrot. Eventually, we got to a piece of carrot after all 4 feet.

Spring forward several months after not riding him. There I am, picking his feet just like always and he refuses to give me the third foot. I just look at him as if to say, "really?". So I start brushing and let him think about it. Went back the offending foot, and he gave it like a charm. And he got his treat after the 4th. Guess he remembered. LOL

Still miss that stubborn old coot!
     
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    10-26-2012, 10:17 AM
  #12
Foal
Squeeze his chestnut as hard as you can like your going to peel it off, that usually works for me when I try and pick up stubborn horses feet
     

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