Foot in a bucket - The Horse Forum
 2Likes
  • 1 Post By cakemom
  • 1 Post By farmpony84
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 07-23-2013, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 3,733
• Horses: 12
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.

Thanks,
Ann

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. Reason: PS
anndankev is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 07-23-2013, 10:35 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 2,610
• Horses: 1
Here's how I do it. Get a bag from IV fluids from your vet. Cut the top off. Put your horses foot in, like a sock, then put your liquid in and duct tape around the top, to hold it on the leg. Portable soaker bucket that they cannot knock over.
Posted via Mobile Device
Golden Horse likes this.
cakemom is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 07-23-2013, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 3,733
• Horses: 12
^^ Thanks, will try for immediate need.

anndankev is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 07-23-2013, 11:09 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Powhatan, Virginia
Posts: 877
• Horses: 2
Soaking boots are GREAT. My TB needed one of his soaked due to possible abscess, and he kept skillfully picking his hoof up and placing it next to the bucket.
Finally I caved and bought him a soaking boot-miracle it was!
xlionesss is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 07-23-2013, 11:27 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 21,145
• Horses: 7
I use a soaking boot but when I didn't have that then I used a flat feed dish, placed his foot in it first and then added the epsom salt/water mix. I also cheat and feed grain while he soaks. May not be the accepted training method but it works for me, less hassle and it works...
BornToRun likes this.

"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"
farmpony84 is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 07-23-2013, 04:34 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 66
• Horses: 0
Not sure if this will work, but if it were me, I'd teach the 'stand' cue so that the verbal cue means that he does not move his feet. Once that is solidly engrained, you could place his foot in the bucket and give the cue.

I'm teaching my yearling to stand right now. I give the verbal cue, drape the lead over him and always within my reach, and go about my business. If he moves, I move him so that he feet are just where they were before and remind him to 'stand'. I do it in short sessions while performing a variety of activities. He is starting to get the picture pretty well, but I think it will be a while before it's solid.

Might be worth trying...
Posted via Mobile Device
ReubenJCogburn is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
poor bert and his ouchie foot in the bucket WesternRider Horse Pictures 6 04-28-2012 11:47 PM
Question on stirrup position: ball of foot or mid-foot (home) bsms Horse Riding 37 01-12-2011 08:07 PM
My bare-foot baby is no longer bare foot... speedy da fish Horse Talk 2 06-13-2010 03:47 PM
Share your "Bucket List" - What would you like to do before you kick the bucket? SamboStar Horse Stories and Poems 41 01-17-2010 11:19 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome