Thanks. I'm going to look into training her to lift into a hoof stand... good suggestion. It would probably up my options of farriers willing to work with my giant horse =} I also like the rope suggestion so long as I take it slow. I'm going to work with her for a while before I do that, though. Luckily, she hasn't thrown a shoe... she isn't wearing them as of yet.
Originally Posted by loosie
2yo scetchy with hoofcare but you'll have 2 months before needing a farrier?? Does she get thrown or some such to be done now?
While as a hcp I know how important regular good hoof care is, my advice for situations like this is generally that it can wait & it's far better to get the horse confident & well trained before putting it in a situation that could be dangerous for horse & human, not to mention reconfirming her previous ideas about it. So it's great that you reckon you've got 2 months up your sleeve. You can set her up for easy hoof care for the rest of her life.
Agree basically with Equus Girl. If the horse has indeed been thrown or such, you might have your work cut out for you & perhaps ropes may not be a good option. Just a matter of lots of approach & retreat, getting her comfortable & confident with all you do, before asking her to get comfortable with a little more.
I also make sure to positively reinforce(reward) the horse with Good Stuff, not just negatively reinforce(remove pressure). Whether it's scratching a favourite spot or giving a treat, making sure her 'good' behaviour causes immediate desirable consequences should have her being great with her feet in weeks, rather than months... but be prepared to take however long it takes.
BTW, especially with an animal that'll grow into a monster size, I'd also suggest you go on to teach her to put her foot on a hoof stand & cradle.