Originally Posted by HorseOfCourse
It's safer to just try to avoid situations that might cause your horse to get tangled.
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While it may be best to avoid those situations, it is MUCH SAFER to teach your horse not to freak out if they DO get tangled in something...and at some point, they will get something around their legs!!
Start with a soft rope and just flip it up against her front legs slowly and softly. If she moves away or "dances" around, continue to softly swing the rope around touching her legs. Don't try to make her stand still, just move around with her and keep flipping the rope gently around her legs. If she allows it, stop and give her a rub, and then do it more. Work on all 4 legs, over her butt, swinging near her head, up under her tail dock.
Loop the rope around her legs and gently pull on the rope until she picks up the foot or leg the rope is around. Slowly extend the time each leg is held up with the rope until she will stand patiently as long as you hold the rope. Release her legs and feet gently, don't just drop them on the ground unexpectedly.
Just work slowly and gently and stop frequently and reward her with rubs when she stands still. It'll take time, but if you work slowly and calmly, she will soon learn to calmly accept it.