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post #1 of 6 Old 04-09-2011, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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Why wont my loan pony let me pick up his feet?

I've only loaned him for 2 days now so he might just not trust me yet. But when I pick up his feet he always brings it back so I can drop it, how can I pick them up so he wont do that?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-09-2011, 08:02 AM
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Practice, he has probably learned that he can pull his feet away and people will stop messing with them. He's just testing you to see if he can get you to stop also!
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-09-2011, 08:45 AM
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Are you lending him your shoulder to help him balance?
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-09-2011, 09:07 AM
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Since you've only had access to him for two days he should have the opportunity to get familiar to his new enviroment or handler for a week or so. Then see if he will stand tied like a well-behaved pony. Ponys and horses need time to get acclimated to new homes, new handlers, etc.

I think basically you might need more experienced help with your loaner pony. He sounds like he needs to learn some basic refresher training.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-11-2011, 04:46 PM
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The only thing is you can't let him take it away from you because then he will just take it away when he wants. I think you should just pick up all four feet everyday 3 times a day (or however often you can do it). Then in about a week he should be fine! Good luck!

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-12-2011, 03:48 PM
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Make sure when you are picking them up you aren't bringing them too far out to the side.
How do you pick them up? Do you run your hands down the leg and squeeze the fetlock whilst giving a verbal command to pick up? If he tries to pull away hang on to him, but make sure you're not in danger of being kicked. My new mare had neglected feet and a past injury causing her to be sensitive about her legs it's taken her 6 weeks to trust me enough to pick them up without any protest and pick them out. When the farrier came she was dancing about on three legs and trying to walk away but he held on to her (moved with her so she didn't fall over) and she soon settled and gave him her legs no problem, then proceeded to fall asleep with her head on his back, bless her.
Spend lots of time grooming and fussing him and spend time getting to know each other, he might not like someone he doesn't know being around his legs. I'm not saying you are doing anything wrong, he just might feel uneasy.
Do you know if he has had his feet done recently, or if he has any injuries/past injuries which might me making it uncomfortable for him to balance on three legs?
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