Picking up the back feet.
   

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Picking up the back feet.

This is a discussion on Picking up the back feet. within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Troubles picking up horses back legs
  • Horse cow kicking range

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-01-2011, 12:49 AM
  #1
Foal
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!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    05-01-2011, 01:33 AM
  #2
Started
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.
     
    05-01-2011, 01:50 AM
  #3
Banned
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.
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Picking Up Feet purplefoal Horse Training 6 07-11-2010 11:05 PM
Picking back feet from opposite side? coffeeaddict Horse Grooming 8 07-08-2010 10:59 AM
Picking up back feet issues draftrider Horse Training 15 04-01-2010 01:51 PM
Picking up her feet - Help? wordstoasong Horse Training 4 08-01-2008 12:26 PM
picking feet arastangrider Horse Training 14 04-06-2008 05:33 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0