Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South Wales, UK
My horse Dan has always disliked having his back feet picked up, but the offside one particularly. Part of the problem seems to be a stiff hip flexor muscle. If you feel the point of the hip, there's a narrow muscle leading from it, away from the hindquarters. If this feels hard, massage it with your first two fingers and see if it helps (carefully, if he's twitchy). I got this idea from a book on sports massage for horses and it seems to work for my boy.
By the way, my farrier's more direct - he just thumps Dan in the belly if he's playing up (LOL!). Can't blame him really, it doesn't hurt and there's hot metal around.