Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
this seems to be a hot topic at the moment :) had the same probs with my new wb. Bonding techniques, calming techniques and as many people will say, rub towels, ropes etc over back legs. I found this part a little unecessary. He had no issues with the ropes and by rubbing him everywhere during bonding and calming, his back legs were included and this was what we needed him to do. He couldnt give a rats about the rope cause it wasnt going to pick his feet up, our hands were. Having said this, if he can't handle the ropes he prob wont handle your hands. Try him out, if he doesnt care, focus on the other stuff.
Usually this stuff takes time and patience :) but you will get there :)
Someone also told me that when you do get hold of the hoof, hold it by the toe as this is a power position or something like that lol whichever way, it helped :)
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"