So as a few people might know, I ended up adopting a Mustang from the BLM. He's a lovely horse, but there's one problem: feet! I said "OmG" and debated not even taking him home, they're that bad. They would be slipper feet, only they cracked in two/ places each foot and are just giant scraggly platters. Ouch.
So all training ideas went out the window and for 10 days we've been doing nothing but 'please give me your foot.' kinda interesting with ony one person and a horse who didn't really want anytone near him.
As of now he will pick up both front feet for all of half a second before he tries to put them down. I really don't know how much is pain and how much is trust/training issues. He'll let you hold them up while he tries to paw, but after a few 'swings' he'll half rear (more like levade, the front doesn't go up at all) and try to get your hand off with his other front. Because he's so darn polite about it (and still not 100% on the trust thing) I really hesitate to reprimand him too harshly.
Yesterday he did try pawing when I went to ask for his foot, that we did deal with, and he only tried once today before giving up.
He has been making improvements in general, which is why I wonder if it might be training. Then I wonder if he's just getting better at dealing with the pain in his feet.
The farrier is coming out in a week. However, he is very very wary about working with a mustang and I do not doubt that at first sign of trouble he will give up. It was all I could do to get him here in the first place! I can't do injections and he has refused any kind of grain other then a forage block, so tranqing is also out.
With that (excessive) history, can anyone make any recommendations on how to proceed? Tips, tricks, and general reassurances all appreciated.