Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Spin off - feet manners - need new ideas!
I read with great interest the thread about feet manners, and all of the great success stories of the posters.
I have a bit of a problem and I'm admittedly stumped. I have a new 2yr old who has HORRID feet manners. He was trimmed once in his life. That was days after I got him, and he required TQ and a twitch. This colt shakes and sweats and eventually explodes when you handle his feet. I've been desensitizing his legs with a rope, and I can touch him all over his hind end, legs, and feet. The problem begins when you need the foot lifted for more than about 30 seconds or so. He has one hind foot with a pretty serious horizontal crack, and you can see where he has has a bad cut stitched along the heel and up the pastern. This is the leg he is worst with. Not that I want to make excuses for him, but he was manhandled pretty badly at his previous home. He is doing a great job with the other training he is doing - no under saddle work yet, but ground work for gaining respect and sensitizing/desensitizing work.
Anyone have any ideas? Should I just go back to desensitizing the legs/feet? Reduce time that I have the foot up? We just seem to be going nowhere, and I'm a bit stumped. Never had this much issues with feet ever!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork