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post #1 of 5 Old 10-26-2012, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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foal training... picking up feet

ive been working with my foal and she is doing good so far. I started working with her on picking up her feet. only problem that has popped up is that when I pick up her front feet, she backs up instead of trying to balance on 3 feet, which causes her to stretch out her front foot thats still on the ground and pretty much puts her knee on the foot that I am holding up on the ground.

any tips on how I can get her to stay still and balance on the 3 feet like she is supposed to? She does fine on the hind legs, its just the front that she wants to back up.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-26-2012, 04:59 AM
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Try in a stable so she can't back up, but make sure it is only the briefiest lift and put down until get gets the idea
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Always stick their head in a corner to pick up a hind foot and always stick their butt in a corner to pick up a front foot. This eliminates all of your problems. With their side against the wall and their butt in a corner, they just stand there.

Always hold the foot a very short time at first and always put it down before they take it away or rear up. After a few short sessions of doing this way,you can do it anywhere and do not need the corner.

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I just pick their up slowly. Don't raise it up all they way at first maybe take it an inch off the ground, rub her and then put it down. I don't normally put my babies in a corner but usually I've messed with them a lot and I have a lot of trust before we play with the feet too much, so usually the feet aren't a big deal when I get to them. But the corner option is great and keeps the filly from moving so I also recommend it. Just make sure YOU put the foot down on the ground not the filly. If she moves hold on to the foot if you can when she stops rub her and put the foot down.
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Yep. Butt against the wall until they understand. Granted, when I have my way, I have them doing it out in the field. I am slacking this year. Ugh.

When you ask, if thy pick it up, stop and praise. Don't try to hold it. Just getting he picking up movement is enough at first. A few more tries later hold it for a few seconds and put it down. Extend the time holding it over the next few days/weeks until you can pick it out, tap the foot, rub all over the leg while he foot is up, move the foot around.

Always end your sessions with walking around and asking for each foot. Foot manners are extremely important. Your farrier will thank you.

Also, it is much easier if you have someone else holding him. Not HOLDING him, just standing at his head keeping him from biting your butt etc. that way you can work without having to worry about him.
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