Can't pick up Mare's back hoofs - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 03-14-2011, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 13
• Horses: 2
Can't pick up Mare's back hoofs

I just bought a mare and she's automatic when you ask for her front feet but when going to the rear she squats (leans heavily) on the side that you want to pick up. she will do this if you just rub her on that side in the rear. I don't know what this could be. she doesn't move away, she just puts all of her weight there to the point where it looks as if she's squatting on that side in the rear. I was told that she wasn't handled a lot. However, I need to get through this so I can have her shoes replaced. Any advice would be highly appreciated.

humnbass is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 03-14-2011, 12:21 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: CO
Posts: 5,061
• Horses: 5
If she leans, then focus on getting her to take the weight off that leg, not necessarily to pick it up at that moment.

What I do is run my hand down the hock to the pastern...this gives the horse enough of a 'feel' for what I am asking; if he picks it up, fabulous, I hold it for a second or two, and release, and repeat; if he leans, I will quickly get him to simply disengage that hip. Then I will do a bit of lunging, or backing, something...this teaches the horse slowly that leaning=work, so they start "thinking" about what you are asking for. The key here is not to sit there asking for minutes for her to pick up the foot...give her the 15 seconds it takes to run your hand along the top of her rear, down to her hock and to the pastern. And if she doesn't act, then you need to just get her to unstick her feet.

My mare was the same way when I got her, and she was one that would also pick it up and give a little kick (both unacceptable); she learned really quickly that those behaviors resulted in some work, afterwhich she quickly decided that giving her feet up to me was much easier of the two.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
mom2pride is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cracks in hoofs RedTree Horse Health 9 05-03-2010 01:09 PM
Trimming Hoofs satrider Horse Grooming 6 05-13-2009 10:26 PM
Wont pick up BACK feet... HorsesAreForever Horse Training 29 12-29-2008 10:27 PM
Hoofs wear down too much! HELP!! kitten_Val Horse Health 7 08-26-2008 10:32 AM
Horse Hoofs Lorry1 Horse Health 8 11-25-2007 03:28 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome