I know this is pretty basic stuff, and I should be able to fix this on my own, but I honestly can't. :/
I have a 2 year old mare (the gray, Eliza) who will NOT let me touch her back feet. She's gotten better, as she used to kick out whenever I touched her hip/butt/legs, and now it's just her lower legs and feet she minds being touched. She got into big trouble for trying to kick me, haha.
What should I do to get her to let me mess with my back feet? I've owned her for four months, and the only time she's EVER had her hooves cleaned were the two farrier visits, so I'm feeling pretty bad.
She freaks if I touch them, and if I get them in the air, she either tries sitting down, or leans on me until I HAVE to let go.
Hell, the farrier had to get her to lay down to do her hooves.
The story with her is, she was born with a clubfoot, which was fixed (you can't tell anymore, and she's 100% sound). She was also pretty much ignored after that, and eventually became EXTREMELY thin and was sold at auction, where a friend of mine bought her and then sold her to me. He was able to get the clubfoot info off them, apparently.
She'll pick up her front feet, no problem. It's just the back ones.