Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I'd be interested what your method would be with a horse like Jynx - there's no fear, there's a stubborn will that was compounded by being allowed to get her way. Picking up the foot and setting it down didn't work because she'd let me do that fine from the beginning - it was holding the foot for longer then a couple minutes. Then she'd simply blow, and do every maneuver known to man on three legs to get her leg back. There was no shaking, no snorting, no spooking, as soon as she had her leg back she promptly dove for the nearest food she could find.
I'm all for being gentle and all, but when a horse is endangering people like that, it's not ME that's going to get hurt. My method worked just fine, and she gives her feet like a dream now. She may lean back and try to pull her leg away once in awhile, but a simple word and she's still again. There's no fear, no resentment, and I can pick up her feet with a touch now. I gave her two ways to do it, and she realized my way was a lot easier then her way.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.