Horse is absolute trouble when picking up feet!
Hello all. This first week with my new [first] horse has been going rather smoothly, despite a few kinks I have already addressed here. But now he has a bigger problem that I need help with- he hates having his feet handled. My uncle, whom is a farrier, came out to do his feet and told me it isn't Milo [the horse] trying to be aggressive, he simply doesn't know what to do. My uncle is a rough man and could not even begin to work on Milo's back feet- they looked fine, and had to be left alone simply because Milo was bucking and rearing and one of us was about to get knocked out if we kept on trying to restrain him and do the trimming.
Milo is okay with his front feet, not a perfect angel, tries to set them back down a few times before giving it up and letting me work, but all in all he's okay. The back left takes a few more tries, and when I get to working on his back right its like all Hell has broken loose. He kicked out at me the first time, I slapped him on the hindquarters and yelled 'HEY', and then after a several tries he finally let me work on it. Thats the part that scares me terribly- I have never been kicked, and I know one of these days he is going to connect with me and I'm going to end up flat on my ass. This terrifies me. Its interfering with how I interact with him while picking his feet, and with how he's acting right now I've had to buck up and keep my hands from shaking while I work.
What I'm doing now is picking up his feet and picking them, every day. For consistency, and maybe eventually he will learn that it isn't going to hurt, the pick is not a scary monster, and it really isn't that bad if he would just hold the hell still. ;)
Do any of you have any tips for me? Any ideas to calm myself down while working with Milo's feet? For the record he is a four year old QH, 15hh, rather young and still learning but surprisingly calm- when you're not working with his feet, that is. Ugh.
Step one: Mount horse. Step two: Stay mounted.
Last edited by ShinaKonga; 01-09-2011 at 10:40 PM.
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