Originally Posted by Foxhunter
For goodness sake do not ever use a hoof pick. A finger one side and thumb the other side of the spine will exert plenty enough pressure.
My argument against it being a pain issue is that the horse immediately lost all ground manners not just when ridden.
for goodness sake I have never hurt any horse with a hoof pick and LIGHT pressure...and you haven't met my mare who absolutely drools with lust the harder you scratch her....lol guess April would use bold print if her hooves could write more, more, harder please mom I loves it!...;)
OP really cool on your new horse she looks like a love!