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    07-08-2008, 05:38 PM
Green Broke
Cant pick up her feet!! No matter what!!!

Chance use to be so good at picking up her feet but today she decided to pick up a habit of not picking up her feet no matter what, she will pick them up then trush them around and if I hold them she will use all her strength to put them down!! I tried using the leadrope thing and just hold her foot there and let her fight but she will try and walk around then she will again useing every inch of strength to put it down!

I couldnt clean her feet at all today! I accually just walked her over large rocks to get some of the stuff out. I had 2 people try and pick up her feet for me but she just wont do it!
I tried to give her slight slaps on the sholder everytime she put it down but it didnt matter to her.

Ideas please!! I know her feet NEED to be cleaned out.

Someone tried to tell me to tie a rope to her ankle then around her neck but I kinda said no because if she lost her balence or reared or something we would be in a bigger mess!
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    07-08-2008, 06:18 PM
Try putting a leadline around her pastern and pick it up that way. Hold her hoof in the air until she relaxes. I would also suggest having someone control her head incase she should attempt to lunge foward. For instance, leadrope around her right front pastern, act is if you were going to lift it the old fashion way. Put pressure on her shoulder and pull up with the leadline. She may try to ignore you at first but should pick up. Once her hoof is relaxed in the air, keeping the leadline on, place your hand where the lead is. If she should go to put her hoof down grab the leadline and hold her hoof in the air until she relaxes. Hope it works for you.
    07-08-2008, 06:38 PM
Green Broke
Ive tried that method aswell and she just thrashing her foot around then uses all her weight to push it down so we can't keep it up even with the lead rope :(
    07-08-2008, 06:43 PM
Boo has those days.

Tie a little tighter than normal. Pull her leg hairs or squeeze her tendon a tiny bit to get her to pick up her foot. Lean on her. And hold that foot! Hehe.

That's not great advice but it works for me. Blu has actually tried to kick me with his hind feet.

They says its uncomfortable for a horse to have its knee completely bent. So if Blu starts thrashing I pull his foot up higher than normal.
    07-08-2008, 07:22 PM
Green Broke
But I can never hold it but ill keep trying.
    07-08-2008, 08:36 PM
I believe in you! Keep trying.
    07-08-2008, 10:14 PM
Originally Posted by HorsesAreForever
but I can never hold it but ill keep trying.
You need some leverage to help you out. Put a cinch of some kind on her with a big ring on each side. Loop the lead rope through the ring. When she pulls to get her foot down, it will pull on the cinch while you pull down with the lead rope and the other end. This also allows you to be down by her foot so she imagines you are doing this all by yourself. Trickier on the back feet, but same idea.
    07-08-2008, 10:17 PM
That sounds really dangerous though. I mean what if she panics and its not stubbornness anymore? You have to be able to free her leg somehow.
    07-08-2008, 11:32 PM
Green Broke
Yikes this sounds like my mule's problem... but the tying the foot and using leverage to get it up is a BAD IDEA!!! Please don't do it.... i've seen what it can do and it's not good...

I would say do it gradually... take the leadrope and loop it around the foot and when she pics it up just let it go... and keep doing that with all her feet for a while until she knows it's no big deal...

Then walk away and do something else for a little bit and then try to pick her feet up normally, if it doesn't work.... then tie the end of the lead rope to her foot and try to pick it up with the lead rope...

Also, another thing not to do, is to bend the leg and tie the leg up by tieing it to itself so that the joint has to stay bent..... bad bad thing, i've seen this done too!
    07-09-2008, 12:10 AM
^I agree with what Mary is suggestion. The thing is, is that you do not want to escalate the situation, if your forcin her to do somethin she obviously does not want to do. Then you should not fight with her, its a battle that can't be one. Just redo the foot routine, do the hole shabang. As long as you don't give up then you will get rid of the bad habit.

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