Well my gelding seems to be a bit stubborn with his back feet, he'll pick them up but then tends to try and kick out with the foot. Im not sure if he's trying to kick or just pull the hoof away, either way, its a problem. The person I got him from really didnt handle him much since fall because she found out she had cancer. He does ok with the front hooves, he just wants to pull them from you after a few seconds. Anyways, i've worked with horses who didnt like picking up there feet but normally there just babies who want to put it back down. With him I can't tell if he's trying to kick out or put his foot back down. Were scheduling our farrier for next week, and even though his feet don't look to need a trim (he has awesome hoofs ), i'd still like my farrier to take a look at him. So i'd like to work with him on this before he comes out. Any tips I can try? He really is a sweet heart, you can go right behind him and he's never tried anything, I honestly don't believe he's meaning to kick. But he just really dislikes picking his back feet up :/, he also loves to paw haha. Were working on the quirks, so far he's a big baby who loves attention. Just want to get him over this back feet hurtle. So far everytime I pick it up and he does his "jerk/kick out" I smack him in the rump and try again. I feel bad giving him a slap in the butt because he acts like im the devil coming to get him lol. So just looking for some safe methods to get him to overcome this.
PS: when I say slap him in the butt, i've never smacked him hard or used anything other than my hand. I think he's just sensitive.