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    07-16-2010, 12:11 AM
Training to Pick Up Feet

Okay so my horse seems to not know how to pick up his feet or something, which are very heavy, by the way. I'm not quite sure what the deal is but I'm wanting to keep his feet healthy by picking them daily but first I need him to be able to pick up his hooves comfortably.
I can usually only get him to pick up his left back hoof for some reason and when I do he gets unstable and doesn't like it and starts trying to kick a little.
When I try to pick up his front hooves he won't bend his knee and just spreads out funny. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or if he's just not used to having his hooves picked up. Help please!

- Brie.
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    07-17-2010, 02:10 AM
My filly used to be stubborn about picking her hooves up, too. First, I would ask by leaning into her shoulder or hip and sliding my hand down to the pastern. When she didn't, I would leaning with more weight into her. Still no response? Sometimes twisting or pinching the chestnut will get a horse to lift their hoof quickly.
I trained her to lift her leg by saying "Up" and holding the pastern of the leg I want her to lift. It took about a week, but it was well worth the work. I would twist or pinch the chestnut, while saying "Up" if she didn't lift it when I leaning into her and said "Up". Gradually, you become less physical when asking, because the horse is learning that "Up" means to lift the leg.
Hope this helped! :)
    07-17-2010, 02:11 AM
And what I find so silly about horses is that they support 60% of their weight in the front of their body, but the minute you lift a back leg they stumble around :P
    07-17-2010, 05:08 AM
Lol, I've noticed that. Thanks for the tips! I'll try them tomorrow.

- Brie.

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