Foot in a bucket
I'm posting this here in the training thread as opposed to the health thread because the problem is not so much the abscess, but getting Elwood to put his foot in a bucket.
Some years ago I was doing an exercise where you get the horse to put front feet in a hula-hoop lying on the ground then move the hind feet around it in a circle, no problem for my other horses, but Elwood no. Eventually I could get his front feet in and stand there for a bit, but never relaxed.
2 summers ago I tried getting him to put his foot in a bucket, no success, and ended up cold hosing. When I took him in for a Coggins I asked the vet how to train a horse to put a foot in a bucket. He laughed and said he is not a trainer, he is a vet. If they don't put their foot in a bucket he just gives them another shot.
Now he has an abscess and could use to soak it in Epsom salts before packing and wrapping. My daughter suggested using a large soft rubber feed pan rather than a bucket. He did finally stand there with his foot in the pan, but by that time all the water and salts were splashed out, so I just let him stand there in the empty pan for a while and called it a small measure of success.
He has a history of being skittish and watching where his feet go, no matter how many hula hoops I set out and tried nonchalantly leading/riding him by until he accidentally stepped in one he always managed to avoid them.
So, how can I get him to put his foot in a bucket? Whether in time for this abscess or not, I'd like to work on this until he will.
PS He has no problem going in mud, water, puddles, etc. So I am thinking of putting Epsom salts in a puddle and having him stand in there :)
Last edited by anndankev; 07-23-2013 at 10:20 AM.