Okay, there is no doubt about it, I am going to a horse shoeing school and do my own horses, and maybe others. I just want the expierence. Doing things like that will give you more respect for something. Farriers work hard, and many people don't realize how hard it is, and many people don't train their horses proper horse adequate to stand still for the farrier and the vet.
So, hopefully by reading this, you will teach your horses to be respectful if they aren't already. I watched Clinton Anderson, so this is his work, I am just telling it to y'all
First, you should never try to pick up the horses foot unless you can brush it, or rub it vigorously all over. If the horse is very spooky, get it used to the rope first, then move to your hands. Once the horse is relaxed with you touching and rubbing his/her legs all over, the next step is to get the horse to pick up his foot. So, for their front legs, squeeze the chesnut until they lift up the foot by themselves, then release and reward. Don't pick it up just yet. Do that several more times, where the horse seems to understand.
Squeeze again, when the horse lifts it's foot. Hold it, but only for a second. You can't expect to just walk up and hold the foot for 2 minutes. Each time you do this, pick up the foot longer and longer. The goal is too release the foot before the horse struggles, but if that is not the case, let your hand go with the foot, but always keep the leg bent, and the hoof sole side up, as it is harder for the horse to get his foot away. Wait until he is done thrashing around, when his foot is relaxed, move his leg for him, like he is thrashing around. He will soon learn that relaxing his foot there, is better than you or him thrashing it around.
After he is used to you picking it up and you can hold it a minute or so, you can then put the hoof between your legs like the farriers or vet would do. Then quickly release the first time. Build up on it gradually.Eventually, you will get to where the horse will behave for the farrier and vet, and you will get a better reputation and people will appreciate you more.
I am currently doing this work with Bo, as his feet weren't messed with much.
Do you guys have other ways to do this? Do you agree that farriers and vets are a lot of times left to deal with a 'unbroke' or 'not gentled' horse? A horse that has feet problems is dangerous and not broke in my definition.