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    02-07-2012, 07:14 PM
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Hi... Well, my horse has been a real fighter when it comes to picking up his feet. I don't know why because he KNOWS how to pick them up. Picking up the front ones isn't so bad. He lifts them and holds them pretty well. But the back ones have gotten to the point where I'm almost afraid to go and try. I just don't know what to do. I live on a farm, so he's not at a stable to ask anyone else. Any suggestions to help???
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    02-07-2012, 07:27 PM
I have the same problem with my horse. He'll pick them up but then kick once I have a hold of them. My instructor said if he doesnt lift them to lean on his shoulder and he'll eventually shift his weight. Always stand on the side of his body,although you probably already know this:)
    02-07-2012, 07:34 PM
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Ar e you sure that there is no pain issue in his hips, for example, where standing on only one back foot will be painful

If you are worried about being kicked, you might try practicing picking up his feet with a soft rope. Use a thick and soft lead rope, and after you have moved it around his body a bit to make sure he is ok with it over and under his body, you wrap it around his back leg, let it drape down far enough to go under his fetlock, then carefully apply pressure there , and release. Then apply pressure until he picks it up a bit, then release. Keep doing this and increasing the amount of lift and time until eventually you can lift his leg up to the height it would be for hoof picking, and set it back down.
If he kicks out, just hold the rope steady, or release and drop it if he really wigs out . Since you are holding both ends of the rope in your hand, and there are no loops or knots, you can let go and it will slide free if there is any panic.

Watch this video (and disregard how he has the leadrope LOOPED in his hand; a big no-no)
    02-07-2012, 07:35 PM
Yup.. I usually have to lean on him to get the front ones up.. I've never had a farrier do his back ones cause they always said that they looked good and didn't need a trim. They usually stay pretty well kept. I don't know, I just know that I need to really get into a regular habit of picking them up. I have that with the front, but I just can't get the back ones. If we really work at it, we can get him to pick up his back ones, but only for a few seconds. I need some help and know it.
Tinyliny, I don't think he has pain, but Maybe I should have our vet check it out. He usually stands fine and everything and never is babying his hind feet. Also, Where should I really stand if I use the soft rope?? I've got him to the point where He likes the rope, My next problem is he likes it too much!!! He tries to get into his mouth, but I've mostly got that taken care of.
    02-07-2012, 10:00 PM
Green Broke
I second using the rope. My horse was bad for the farrier for picking up his feet, and he told me to use the rope as well. As soon as your horse stops fighting you, instantly release the pressure on the rope.....he should get it pretty fast

Good Luck!
    02-07-2012, 10:16 PM
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That video shows it pretty well.
    02-08-2012, 06:45 PM
THANKS!!! Better understood... The video really helped..... :)

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