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  • Why do horse not like to lift their back legs
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    03-29-2011, 11:42 PM
  #1
Foal
wont lift his feet!

Ok so can I please have some help, my gelding will not lift up his feet to be picked out no matter what I do! Its so hard! Haha my mare just lifts them up before I even touch them so I how do I get him to lift up his?
     
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    03-30-2011, 09:22 AM
  #2
Banned
Run your hand down his leg until you feel his chestnut, and squeeze it while clucking or saying "lift", just give him some sort of cue. Most horses respond by lifting their leg. On the back leg if he won't give it I put my hand at the back of the pastern and just press forward, if he doesn't move it forward I use my shoulder and lean into their hip to make them shift their weight over. After he lifts it make sure you pat him and praise him.
Is he ok once his feet are lifted and he just doesn't want to pick them up?
     
    03-30-2011, 10:28 AM
  #3
mls
Trained
How does the farrier lift them to trim?
     
    04-04-2011, 01:49 AM
  #4
Green Broke
Whatever cue you are going to use, you have to be consistent when doing it. There are many different cues you can use. Personally, on the front legs I use their chestnut and on the back legs I use their knee. It will take time and practice to get him to lift by just touching the back of his leg.

Always start at the top of the back of the leg. It doesn't matter if you are doing the front leg or back leg. Slide your hand down to where you want to cue them to lift. That is your first cue to lift. Next, you will apply pressure and start to make the horse uncomfortable, second cue. By applying pressure, what I mean is the you'll start squeezing that part of the leg, just slightly. Keep squeezing and slowly increase how hard you squeeze until the horse lifts the leg, final cue. As soon as the horse lifts the leg, release the pressure and rub him where you squeezed him and then up on his body, his reward for doing what you asked. DON'T try to grab his leg and hold it up, not yet. All you want from him is to lift but you want him to do it easily, which he will in time. After rubbing him, slide your hand down the leg and repeat from the beginning. Do this 10, 15 or 20 times on one leg. When he starts to give his leg pretty easily, go to the next leg and start over. Repeat for each leg. When you finish the fourth leg, go back to the first leg. Now you can ask him to lift and then hold it to clean it. Do this each day you go to groom him. He will get to the point where you'll just slide your hand a little and then lift.

Here's a tip: Don't always do the same order of which leg you do first. Let's say you do left front first, left rear, right front, and finally right rear. If you do the same pattern everytime, he may not lift a leg if it's out of order. I had that with one of ours. He wouldn't lift the back without lifting the front first. If you did the front first, he would lift the back without touching it. But what if he injured his back leg or you needed to lift his back leg and couldn't do his front first? Doing them at random helps avoid this problem and enforces him listening to your cue.
     
    04-06-2011, 08:00 PM
  #5
Foal
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Is he ok once his feet are lifted and he just doesn't want to pick them up?
well he leans on me a bit like he's unbalanced, but his healthy and sound and everything
     
    04-06-2011, 08:02 PM
  #6
Foal
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How does the farrier lift them to trim?
well he is a lot stronger then me so he just tries to lift it and eventually he does but like I said above he doesnt have very good balance haha so it's usually a long process :c
     
    04-06-2011, 08:04 PM
  #7
Foal
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Here's a tip: Don't always do the same order of which leg you do first. Let's say you do left front first, left rear, right front, and finally right rear. If you do the same pattern everytime, he may not lift a leg if it's out of order. I had that with one of ours. He wouldn't lift the back without lifting the front first. If you did the front first, he would lift the back without touching it. But what if he injured his back leg or you needed to lift his back leg and couldn't do his front first? Doing them at random helps avoid this problem and enforces him listening to your cue.
hahaha I bought him from my riding instructor and she always tells us to pick there feet out in that exact order :S haha but yeah ill change the order now because I can understand. Thanks everyone!
     
    04-11-2011, 07:26 PM
  #8
Started
If a horse does not pick up the foot for me I lean against his shoulder to make it so he can't lean on that foot. I also squeeze the fetlock alittle and they usually pick it up. If they don't listen to that I take my hoof pick and put it under the foot and pull up gentley and push on the shoulder at the same time. I hope this helps!
     

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