Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
With this horse, I'm going to disagree with making her move. She needs to be desensitized more to being touched there. If the horse was previously good and started kicking, then I would agree to making her move.
When we got Harley, he had to have his legs tie to a pole or tree to trim his back legs. I started with tossing a lead rope at his rear legs. If he kicked or moved, I kept tossing it. If he stood still and relaxed, I would quit, rub his side and let him stand for a while before trying again. Once he stood still with the rope, I would rub his back and slowly work my way to his rear. Approach and retreat, slowly working farther back and down his leg. Once I could touch around his hoof with no reaction, I looped a rope around it. Standing straight out from his hip to the side, I pulled on the rope to get him to lift. If you stand forward of his hip and he kicks back, you could get rope burn or have the rope pulled from you. Standing to the rear, you could have a good chance of being kicked. To the side, you can keep pressure on without getting pulled around. Once he quits kicking, I released the pressure. With practice and patience, he started to lift his hoof before I even asked for him to lift it.
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