pick up your feet - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 12-25-2009, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 70
• Horses: 2
Smile pick up your feet

hey all i dont know if this is the right spot for this but i just want to know what you all do to get your horse to pick up their feet

colors of the wind by vanessa williams chec it out
western walking horse is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 12-25-2009, 11:32 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Posts: 6,634
• Horses: 2
I reach for my mare's foot and she all but puts it directly in my hands, lol.

My 16-month-old is a bit different, but we're well on our way to the same place I am with my mare. I stand at her side facing her rear, and starting at the back of the knee, run my hand down the back of her leg, and grab her around the pastern. If she picks her foot up when I'm going down her leg, she gets praised, if she waits until I get to the pastern, I just pick her feet, and if she doesn't bother to pick her feet up at all, I throw myself into her shoulder to get her off-balance and snatch her hoof up, lol.

I also pick all four feet from one side, just reaching across for the one on the other side. My young one gets it about half the time, so I usually go all the way around with her, but we try it occasionally. =]

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
riccil0ve is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 12-26-2009, 07:23 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Posts: 6,182
• Horses: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by riccil0ve View Post
I reach for my mare's foot and she all but puts it directly in my hands, lol.
Unless you have a real ornery horse or there is a pain problem, my experience has been that they all get to this point over time, regardless of the 'cue' you use. Some folks run their hand down the leg, some squeeze under the fetlock, etc. and reinforce with a verbal cue until only the verbal cue is needed. Many will even do it when they see you next to them with a hoof pick, rasp, or hoof stand. Like most things, repetition and patience.

On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
PaintHorseMares is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 12-26-2009, 12:12 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Posts: 1,901
• Horses: 1
I used to have the run my hand down my geldings leg....then I had to squeeze just under his fetlock, and now all I have to do is say "up" and he brings his foot up.
justsambam08 is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 12-26-2009, 12:35 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 152
• Horses: 1
all i have to do is snap my fingers and my mare lifts up her hoof!

Melanie&&Daizy
SeeinSpotz is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 12-26-2009, 12:46 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Brokenheartsville, just north of Styxtown :)
Posts: 2,577
• Horses: 1
When you ride or on the ground?

When you ride, you can put poles down and say the word "feet" when he goes over them and eventually he will associate that word with picking his feet up. Works with mine :)

Most people are like Slinkies; they serve no real purpose, but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on for dear life.
Sunny06 is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 12-26-2009, 03:07 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
I just say "up" for fronts and hinds they already pick up when I move there. But I put lots of time and training into that. They were completely unhandled, so it took while for them to learn.
kitten_Val is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 12-26-2009, 10:24 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 73
• Horses: 2
I let him sniff the hoof pick and Reagan picks them up for me.

Norman I still have to run my hand down his legs and if he doesn't pick them up right away I push him off balance until he gives.
Katafran is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 12-26-2009, 11:21 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: CANADA!
Posts: 549
• Horses: 5
With younger horses i run my hand all the way down their leg and give a little squeeze on the lower part of their leg then I lean against them a little bit, works every time. You may have to be a bit more firm with it at first.
UnrealJumper is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 12-27-2009, 10:36 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 179
• Horses: 0
does anyone walk their horses in circles if they don't want to pick up their ft? i had some amazing results this summer with this technique. u ask u r horse to pick up a ft by put n a lillte pressure on the pasturn or squeezze their chestnuts if he refuses to pick up the ft take a lead rope attach it to the halter stand about an arms length from the horse's shoulder then with u r other hand put lillte pressure on lead rope and walk towards the horse's flank or hip area this will automaticly put u in a tight circle keep go n until horse stops try n to get away from u . then try n pick up his foot if he refuses repeat u r circle till he lets u pck up his foot. it can be very time consuming but it works.

anvil
Anvil is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wont pick up feet? polkapiggy Horse Grooming 9 08-16-2009 09:07 AM
Pick Out Feet Without Shoes? kathryn Horse Grooming 16 01-29-2009 02:29 PM
cant pick up feet walkon99 Horse Training 3 08-13-2008 10:11 AM
Cant pick up her feet!! No matter what!!! HorsesAreForever Horse Training 30 07-09-2008 11:28 PM
Struggle to pick up feet. Green Jasper Horse Grooming 12 12-12-2007 09:09 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome