Originally Posted by kitten_Val
How often do you pick the hoofs? From my experience if you do it on daily basis they get better not worse. How do you hold it and for how long? If he's off balance too much every time you pick he may just respond to the bad experience. With some horses you have to pick the back foot and hold it for 10 secs for them to adjust the balance before pulling it in "cleaning" position. How easy is he in everything else (ground work)?
I've been picking (or attempting) their hooves once a day... okay, I haven't had them for very long, so maybe it will start getting better. I hold the hoof for maybe 30-40 seconds-- just long enough to get it cleaned off. Hmm, that's a good idea. Hold the hoof for 10 seconds so they can get balanced. In everything else he's... okay. One thing he does do, is dart the opposite direction randomly when we're lunging, so that'll need some work, too. But otherwise he's really eager to please and under saddle he's a doll.
I also think it's a great idea to try the lunging, rubbing, lunging, rubbing, lunging, lifting strategy!! I'll give it a shot tomorrow morning, hopefully!
Thanks for all the other tips, too! Any more??