Kicks while handling back feet
I have a new horse (been with me about a month). Before I bought him, I made sure that he would stand for all of his feet to be handled. The owner picked up his feet, I picked them up, her kids picked them up...no problem. I looked at him on two different days before deciding to buy him and handled his feet both times. The owner's husband is a farrier and he trimmed him the day we went to pick him up, he stood fine for that as well. Now that I have him with me, he doesn't like his back feet handled. At first it was just a lazy "leave me alone" type kick, he never jerked from my hand and I stayed with him and did what I had to do. I figured that he was just testing me out, as the new owner, to see what I would put up with. He has steadily progressed to a solid kick. He doesn't violently strike out, but it's a pretty solid cow kick if I try to pick his back feet up. He's fine otherwise, I can handle his legs no problem, it's just when I ask for him to pick them up. Any suggestions on how to handle this?