09-29-2010, 04:49 PM
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I don't know why, but it's not unusual for horses to be much more fussy about picking up their back feet. How to handle really depends on how hard they want to kick out. If it's just a half hearted attempt, I'll just pull their leg out to the side a bit and hold their hoof up by the toe...they can't get much of a kick in that position (the goal to not let them get their hoof down until you say it's ok). If they persist, a good smack on the butt usually gets their attention that they need to cooperate.