Recently bought a horse out of the kill pen, because he was a totally sweetie, well put-together, and looked like he'd make a good all around horse. He's my project to eventually sell. Koda is such a nice boy, has already learned better manners, had already been halter broke, follows me around the pasture like a puppy, and doesn't mind being kept away from the other horses. ANYWAYS, we are soon going to start some serious ground work when the ground thaws, and so I'm currently working on little things like picking up his feet. He isn't kicky at all until I go to pick up his hind legs. He jerks his leg forward and back violently once before giving it to me for just a little over five seconds. His front legs, he pretty much just acts like he hasn't really had his feet messed with a whole lot. He picks it up and holds it until he decides he'd rather not anymore and then fights for it back. A strange thing he does is once he does get his foot back to the ground, he strikes out with the opposite hoof. Not aggressively, but it is really strange. I knew I was getting a horse that potentially wasn't even halter broke, so I'm not complaining. This has so far gone much better than Id hoped, I'm just looking for training advice/tips. I've never really had to work with a horse with his/her feet a whole lot, so go easy. I have been using the "make the right thing easy..." method, making him realize running circles is harder than holding up his foot for as long as I'd like him too. Anyone think they have a better method or idea? Sorry this is such a long thread. Koda will be three in May, so not old and set in his ways.
These pictures were taken the night of the auction. January 19th. Obviously not good confo pics, but feel free to tell me what you think of him!