Filly refuses to have her hooves cleaned out

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    04-08-2011, 10:19 PM
Filly refuses to have her hooves cleaned out

My girl has gotten into the habit of desperatly trying to pull her front feet out of my grip. I did have her trained to where I could tap the inside of her leg and she would lift it for me. She would do this everytime I asked then all of the sudden she started fighting me to pick up her front left. She would literally try to run backwards, and would nearly fall over on to her side or knees everytime I held her foot for more than a few seconds. Now she does the same with the right front. She also occasionaly tries to kick at me when I pick up one of her back legs, usually just holding it there until she settles works. The only way I could clean her front hooves was by letting her graze, then she didn't care. I am currently just messing with her feet and picking them up and holding them for a few seconds randomly when I am around or working with her. Is there anything else I can try? I do also make sure she is balanced and standing square before I ask her to pick up her foot.
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    04-08-2011, 10:34 PM
Spin her around in thight circles when she pulls a hoof away, should get the idea quickly.
    04-09-2011, 08:19 PM
Thanks! Worked like a charm.
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    04-09-2011, 08:28 PM
Really? What do you mean? Like, let her put her hoof down when she pulls it away...then turn her in tight the same direction as the hoof you were trying to pick? Or does that matter? Just a few circles? Just walking? I would like more details, sorry if I seem dense, I am new to young horses and have a 2 year old filly that I am working with. Thanks!
    04-09-2011, 11:24 PM
When ever she pulled her foot out of my grip I'd spin her in what ever direction was the same as the side I was on. It was easier that way. It was a really tight circle practicaly as if I was yeilding her hindend. I only did about two or three them. She didn't go over a walk. But she found it was easier to stay still then work or move. Also did some work on her respecting me and my space which I think helped.
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    04-10-2011, 08:15 AM
Thanks, I will try this.
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    04-10-2011, 06:29 PM
One must determine whether or not the horse who won't let you hold his hooves is AFRAID or BELLIGERENT!

You deal with each differently. With the mistrustful horse, you'd want to leave the hooves on the ground & stroke/massage the legs, to gain trust. Then pick up a hoof with a rope looped around the pastern, for your safety. Approach & retreat, an inch at a time & put the foot down before the horse takes it away. Giving you a foot is a very trusting thing for a horse to do.
    04-10-2011, 07:27 PM
I try to pick up her hooves when I am grooming her...i have this certain curry comb she loves...i feel her body relax as I use it. I lean on her gently and pick up a hoof and don't even do anything with it. But soon I need to do it when "I" want to...not just when "she" is in the mood!
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    04-10-2011, 07:34 PM
LostHope, just wanted to say good for you for calling her bluff and not letting her become another spoiled brat horse. I wish more horse owners would get the point that you are in charge...period.

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