I started with the brush, then my hands, then hoof oil and now I can get both front feet up (with a little work), bu standing facing his back and holding his chestnut and pulling up gently on his foot while pushing my body into his to get his weight on the other front foot. It seems to be working. I am still a little nervous about the back feet though. So far I am brushing all the way down them and all over them to desensitize them. And the hoof oil has helped him to.