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post #1 of 3 Old 05-27-2013, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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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. Definately 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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post #2 of 3 Old 05-27-2013, 10:38 PM
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Doesn't sound good. Ponies tend to founder more so than big horses I'm sure you know and he may have some issues that way. If you can't get anywhere with him I'd probably give the vet a call and do some x-rays. He may have pain somewhere and it makes it hard for him to balance on three feet.

Is he like this with all 4 feet?
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Yeah, more info/pics on his hooves if you want much there. It could be that he's mildly laminitic or some other hoof issue. Could be that he's got a body issue too. Could be that he's never been trained to pick his feet up or has had some bad experiences with it, or previous experience has taught him that if he ignores it, it's likely to go away. Not really what I'd call 'laziness', whatever the reason, just doing what is easiest for him, as we all tend to
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