I am working with my gelding on STANDING still for his hooves. He has come a long way. Only sometimes he moves a little when I pick up his right rear hoof. However, I am wondering if it is because he is tied in his stall with limited room. He is not pushy about it, like when I was tieing him outside on the hitching post. I pulled him out this past weekend and tied him to the hitching post (first time in prob. 3 weeks, that he has been out). He moved from one side completely to the other- probably 1/2 a turn around the post. However, he was corrected quickly and stood still the second time I picked up his hooves. However, I have gained so much more confidence since we have been working in his stall. I was in for a larger fight- that never happened. Is it common to almost seem like you have to retrain for the same behavior in different environments? Any suggestions on how to correct it? He is responding much better to my ugh noise I make which means disapproval!! And WOAH- to stand still- then he gets a rub for stopping the behavior.
I am hoping the next farrier trip, has him standing still. I work a lot with him on a halter and I pick up his hooves- he likes to step forward and turn. NOT BEHAVIOR I like. I make him work in circles, then stand still- or he BACKS up with force.