Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
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. =]
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