I have a filly that's a little over a year and a half old, I got her about 1 month ago. She had her feet trimmed/rasped the day before I picked her up so she will be due in a few more weeks. I am looking for suggestions for teaching her to pick up her feet and hold them up. She's had regular farrier appointments in the past, however she seems to have little to no training in regards to handling her feet.
In the first times trying to pick up her feet she would finally lift it after a great deal of coaxing/annoying/pulling/shifting her weight but would just stamp it down immediately. So she really wasn't picking it up, just getting a release by slamming it down. I've tried holding it up for just a second and releasing when she's holding it well (showing her she gets a release when she stands quietly with it up). However, when trying to do this she starts to lose her balance and almost falls over or then shoots back. She's an extremely friendly (almost too friendly) filly, and I've done lots of groundwork with leading, keeping her from entering my personal bubble and asking her to back out it when she does enter. She also moves her shoulders over and is starting to get disengaging her hindquarters, however she seems clueless on the feet thing (which is why I'm looking for a new method).
I'm looking for suggestions for a way to teach her to not only pick up her feet but also hold it up (instead of leaning on me). I've tried tapping her foot with a training stick and stopping when she picks it up or moves that foot, but I feel that is giving her mixed signals. So I'm basically wondering if any of you had a similar situation with a young or older horse and what you did to remedy it. I'm confident in my abilities and do not believe I need to hire a training for this, however I fully admit that there might be a better method out there for me to try.
Thanks in advance!