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post #1 of 5 Old 10-13-2009, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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*insert excited giggle* Yay me!

Carolina and CoCo are two of the most polar opposite mares I think I've ever met.

Carolina hates to have her feet messed with. Like insanely hates her feet being touched (something I am working very hard on).

I went in to groom CoCo this afternoon went to pick up her first foot and was muttering to myself "Ahh ok let's see if you'll let me pick up your foot" and before I'd even finished the word foot - her leg popped up.

Shocked, I walked around and said foot at each leg and she did the same thing, each time! It's awesome! It's beyond awesome! It's BEYAWESOME! LOL.

Ok.. I'll go finish my sugar and well-behaved horse high.

~CoCo 17hh 4 yo OTTB~
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-13-2009, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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How do I teach Carolina to do that?

~CoCo 17hh 4 yo OTTB~
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-13-2009, 06:51 PM
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Practice, practice, practice! You can teach her how to 'give' her foot to feel, buy simply looping a cotton lead around her pastern, and taking the slack out of the lead, wait for her to lift it (not 'freaky' type of lift either), gently, and release the pressure, and praise. Keep doing this until she 'gives' nicely each time on each foot. Gradually start asking her to lift her foot with your hand, and like you did with the lead (for a while) 'give' the foot back as soon as she 'gives' to your touch. Ask her to let you hold it longer and longer, as she responds better.

I use this on every horse I start, that hasn't had it's feet messed with, and it works like a charm. If she has issues with her legs in general, you can use that looped lead to 'rub' up and down her leg to get her used to you 'touching' her legs, without being in danger of her feet

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-14-2009, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome! I'm definitely going to do that.

~CoCo 17hh 4 yo OTTB~
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-14-2009, 01:24 AM
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I agree with mom2pride, rub the lead rope up and down her leg. And for the fact, rub different ropes and textures up her legs and make her stand calmly and not move. My mum did that with our old horses and it taught them to stand calmly if they ever got caught in a fence.
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