Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
I've always had good luck with the rope.
For what it's worth, on the hinds, on a couple of particularly troublesome horses I've worked with, I would sort of trap them in a small square of panels (not much wider than the stalls in a 2-horse trailer and long enough to stretch their feet out in front/behind them, similar to a slightly larger, home-made set of stocks). Then I'd run the rope through the panel either in front or behind them to pull their feet out from under their body. I'd use the rope to hold them up and slowly work my way closer to them, of course, taking time to work the pressure/release thing. Then, I even work my way up to holding their foot as if I were actually working on it (though the rope is still snug in my hand so that they can't jerk it away and kick the snot out of me). As I work closer to them, I'll remove the panel on my side so that I can get to them, but keep the ones in front/behind and on the other side so that they can't jump away from me.
I know that my method might sound like "forcing" it, but if you take your time and do it right, it works wonders...with very limited risk to your health.
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