Laziness or pain when picking up feet?
I bought a sale barn pony. He's sound all around, very quiet and respectful, an absolute doll. His only thing is he doesn't like to pick up his feet.
He's difficult about it to begin with, you about have to pry his foot off the ground. Then he holds it for a moment and wants to put it down again. The other day he tried leaning on me and about fell over when I shifted away (bad back, bad knees, bad hip, I don't allow leaning).
So...pain or laziness? He's on soft grassy ground when I go at his feet. He is sound, walks, trots, and canters fine out in the pasture. I haven't gotten a really solid look at his feet, but they aren't great. Definitely fixable, if he does have some sort of issue. I think he MIGHT be mildly thrushy.
I'm considering laying him down to look at his feet before I book a farrier. I hate having a farrier fight a horse over it's feet, it's MY job to train my stock, not theirs. But I would like to really SEE what's down there before I start working with him on the issue.
He looks recently trimmed but he may need corrective work, depending on what's going on down there.
I've laid horses down before and Red seems to downright enjoy it when I ask it of him occassionally just for fun - he gets a full body massage in the cool, shady grass after a workout...oooo... No pain, fear, or force involved, don't worry.
As I said, he's sound and quiet otherwise. Legs are straight and clean. Hooves are okay, no major chips, cracks, etc. I'm thinking it's just laziness and possibly lack of consistency on the matter from whomever had him previous. Loki had a lazy hoof holding issue when he was 8 that was quickly resolved with persistance.
Thoughts? He doesn't shift around when standing tied like he's hurting, nor does he when standing in the paddock. Does the usual 'cock a back hoof and relax' stance, he is a pretty mellow little dude. But...looks can be decieving. Figured someone else may have some more experience on the matter.
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