Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
It might not be as hard as you think. Sometimes once they are shown a little kindness they really bond to that person and trust that person which makes things really easy.
Rascal did that when I brought him home. He was an unhandled young horse about a year in age. They had to corner him in the barn to catch him so I could bring him home and he completely flipped out on the trailer. The first day or two were the only semi-difficult ones to catch him in the field and even that didn't take but a bit of time and patience. After that he would come right up to me.
As for handling the hooves, try a long soft cotton rope. Use it to pick the feet up the first few times - especially those hinds. If he kicks out you are safely out of the way but he will still get used to the feel of pressure on his leg. Also the first few times your hands are actually on his leg, don't ask for him to pick it up. Just give him a good rubbing and then go back up to his shoulder or rump. Once he is comfortable with that, then go to requesting him to actually pick it up for you.
Other than that - take walks with him in the halter. This will give you ample opportunity to get him used to leading properly, time to bond, and get him used to new things. I will take my young ones for walks around the yard, through obstacles I set up, and even into the woods down the trails as we become more confident with each other.
Good luck and keep us updated. I look forward to pictures when you get him home.
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