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post #1 of 3 Old 05-01-2011, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Picking up the back feet.

My mare is touchy with her back feet, and whenever I try to pick them up, she cow kicks, so I have to stand back. For her front feet, I used a leather strap to hold them up the first few times, but the back work differently. I don't think I would be able to get the strap around her back foot, let alone get it off if it tightens. I was thinking just double up the strap, so I could let go of one end if I need to, she isn't like my last gelding, who would literally fall on top of you if you tried to hold his feet up, but its getting past her cow kicks when you have her foot in your hand. I will try to get a video of it tomorrow. But do you guys know any good tips when working with the back feet? I can brush me feet, and scratch them too, but getting a rope around them, or even when I touch them with a crop or a piece of leather (I was trying to get her used to things around her feet) she jumps around and kicks at it. This is something I am working to get her out of, and it is not a health issue. It is just her being her usual self :roll: And it doesn't help that I have an uber - jealous mare next to her, within kicking range, but I manage with old Top. So, any advice on back feet would be really helpful. Thanks every one!
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-01-2011, 01:33 AM
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I use my lead rope that is attached to the halter. I can toss in between the back legs and use my foot to get around the leg. I hold about 18 in away from the halter and the end of the lead rope. I move the rope up and down the leg until the horse stands still. Then use the lead rope to pick up the foot. I keep doing this until they no longer care. By keeping my hand about 18-20 inches under the halter if the horse tries moving I can keep them facing me and out of danger of the hind leg.

I also use the end of my lunging whip and swing it and wrap it around their back legs.

Then I use a lariat attached to the saddle that flaps around the back legs when lunging.

By doing all of this, I don't worry about my horses kicking. They are use to me picking up their feet and having things wrapped around their back legs.

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-01-2011, 01:50 AM
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Let her kick, keep a hold. It might take all the strength you have, but if she learns by kicking you let go - then lesson learned.

Position yourself so you are safe, and just hang on til he stops fighting.
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