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post #1 of 4 Old 08-14-2008, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a little kick happy for my liking

My horse has started being quite senstive with his legs and always kicks out with his hind right leg often when you are doing something with that leg. He has had his back looked at a few times in the last few months, often with a stiff right shoulder. But we have been getting that treated & he is only in light work.
But he used to be quite good for the farrier but of late has been a bit of brat & yesterday kicked my hand while I was putting on hoof oil.
I have been working on his legs with a whip rubbing it up and down to desensatise(sp?), picking his feet up often & to help the farrier have been working on gripping his legs in between mine cause we have discovered he doesn't like that much either.
Any other helpful tips to get this bratty behaviour in check?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-14-2008, 10:41 PM
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If its just that one leg...i'd be checking to make sure there isnt a physical reason why it is sensitive..especially considering he's had previous back trouble. Maybe its hurting or hurts when you touch it? If the vet says everythings ok..then perhaps one of these people in here that are way smarter than me can advise you, cause im new to all this Good luck!
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-15-2008, 09:54 AM
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If the vet checks it and everything is fine than it's just him being a brat. My old mare used to do this so what i would do is use a dressage whip to rub her leg and if she went to kick or something i'd pop her without so she learned if she kicked she caused herself pain, after about a week of consistently working on that she stopped.

now as far as you grabbing his leg work on that after the first part above that i told you about and he should quit doing that but if he goes to kick, make sure when you pick up his foot and hold it you put all ur weight against his barrel and keep his foot close to ur body bc it's harder for them to kick that way and if you think he is going to kick before he does it elbow him really hard in the stomach so once again he'll learn if he doesnt something bad it hurts him.

this is what my trainer and farrier both advised me to do and it worked.

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-15-2008, 11:19 AM
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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.
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