Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
Help Handling Feet/Legs ASAP
So, I've adopted a mustang yearling as of last October. He's been coming along pretty well in terms of being caught, led, groomed, free longed, etc. Our next big goal is getting him to where he'll pick up his feet and allow me to handle them. His hooves haven't been trimmed since I've had him, and they're getting to that iffy point where they aren't good... but not horrifically terrible either. Point being, I need to get to where his feet can be trimmed sooner rather than later.
Does anyone have tips for getting a young/untrained horse to allow you to mess with his feet? So far I've just been trying to desensitize his legs. He'll fidget and move away more often than not when I run my hands down his legs. A couple of times he's twitched his hind legs like he's considering a kick. I don't know if I should discipline him for this or wait until it's more obviously a kick? By the end of a 'session' with him, I can run my hands and a dressage whip up and down his legs without him moving. I still haven't tried to get him to pick up his feet and allow me hold them though.