Originally Posted by swimminchikin
And actually... another thought. (I'm not a pro by any means.)
Should she freak out and the rope is released... would that teach her that a release will come when she panics rather than calmly giving her foot? I'm wondering what a pro would suggest.
The point of using the rope is so when they freak out, you are not in danger and can hold onto it until the spazz-attack is over. I've had to do this a few times with my one mare and her back feet. Just grab a soft lead rope, loop it around the foot, pick it up, let her try to kick and dance around, until she learns she can't get away with being silly, and all is well.