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post #1 of 18 Old 07-13-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Can't pick up her hoofs!! Help!!

I just got my first pony about a week ago! She was trained at a ranch that rides Western and they were never trained to pick up there hoofs. I ride my pony in my yard and on my dirt road. I need some help with how I should try to pick up her hoofs. I have tried in the past and she always kicks or wont pick it up at all!
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I use to use my body against their side to make them shift their weight off of the leg I was trying to get them to pick up.
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Your pony must have had its feet picked up by a farrier to either be shod or trimmed so I think its having you on - taking advantage because it knows you're nervous. Is there someone on the yard who knows what they are doing that will work with you and show you how to ask her correctly to pick her feet up, show you that it can be done and then stand by while you do it yourself.
Does she allow you to brush her legs and run your hands down them?
Does she allow you to put hoof applications on her feet?
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Your pony must have had its feet picked up by a farrier to either be shod or trimmed so I think its having you on - taking advantage because it knows you're nervous. Is there someone on the yard who knows what they are doing that will work with you and show you how to ask her correctly to pick her feet up, show you that it can be done and then stand by while you do it yourself.
Does she allow you to brush her legs and run your hands down them?
Does she allow you to put hoof applications on her feet?
Yes she dosnt care about touching her legs or the hoof applications, and yes there are other poeple who know what there doing that have tried to help and she would only pick up her front left hoof. After that she didnt care about cleaning the hoof out. She still wont pick up any other hoofs for more than a couple seconds and then she will start kicking.
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I'd say start by handling her legs. Rub your hands all the way down them firmly, including her hooves. See if she tolerates that. If you do this consistently for a few weeks or even months then start by handling just her hooves. Tap them with a hoof pick before you start attempting to pick them up, get her used to the feeling of her feet being touched. Then eventually start to attempt to pick her hooves up. Get her used to her weight being balanced on three legs. If she is intolerant of that do lots balance excersizes and stretches with her. Then start by picking up her feet. She may not want to at first so it will take some persistence and some time. But ultimately if you have really no clue how to go about doing it, seek professional help/ Good luck :).
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Yes she dosnt care about touching her legs or the hoof applications, and yes there are other poeple who know what there doing that have tried to help and she would only pick up her front left hoof. After that she didnt care about cleaning the hoof out. She still wont pick up any other hoofs for more than a couple seconds and then she will start kicking.
You didn't say how a farrier manages to handle her feet. She must have them done by someone. How old is she? Is she barefoot?
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You didn't say how a farrier manages to handle her feet. She must have them done by someone. How old is she? Is she barefoot?
Okay well we bought her from a farm that never had a farrier come out...so she has never seen a farrier. We r having a farrier come out in a few days and well see how she reacts to that.. She is also 4 years old (:
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My horse was green broke when I got her and wouldn't pick hers up either. I would always do the hooves in the same order (left front-left rear-right rear-right front), just to try to sort of teach her what was coming next so she could prepare herself.

When I went to pick the first one up, I would run my hand down the back of her leg and pinch when I got towards the bottom with my fingers - sometimes that encourages them to lift it. With my horse, just doing that wasn't enough...so I had to pinch, then basically lean into her shoulder with my shoulder to try to off balance her and get her to lift it. Once she lifted it, I'd pretty much have to GRAB it and hold, while she more or less wobbled around, and pick it as quickly as I could. Then repeat.

My horse has very little muscle tone when I got her though so it was likely difficult for her to pick up her feet. After awhile when she would use me as a crutch and lean back onto me, I would step away slowly and hold the foot, she always fell over once, but caught herself at the last minute. Once she figured out that I wasn't going to hold her up, she quit trying that.

After awhile of building up her muscle and strength, she didn't do it anymore at all and eventually she got to the point where now she anticipates the next hoof I'm going to pick up, and rests it up for me before I even get to it

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My horse was green broke when I got her and wouldn't pick hers up either. I would always do the hooves in the same order (left front-left rear-right rear-right front), just to try to sort of teach her what was coming next so she could prepare herself.

When I went to pick the first one up, I would run my hand down the back of her leg and pinch when I got towards the bottom with my fingers - sometimes that encourages them to lift it. With my horse, just doing that wasn't enough...so I had to pinch, then basically lean into her shoulder with my shoulder to try to off balance her and get her to lift it. Once she lifted it, I'd pretty much have to GRAB it and hold, while she more or less wobbled around, and pick it as quickly as I could. Then repeat.

My horse has very little muscle tone when I got her though so it was likely difficult for her to pick up her feet. After awhile when she would use me as a crutch and lean back onto me, I would step away slowly and hold the foot, she always fell over once, but caught herself at the last minute. Once she figured out that I wasn't going to hold her up, she quit trying that.

After awhile of building up her muscle and strength, she didn't do it anymore at all and eventually she got to the point where now she anticipates the next hoof I'm going to pick up, and rests it up for me before I even get to it
Thank you I will try that (:
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