Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Handling, handling, and more handling, whether it be when tied or loose. The more you handle his legs and feet and make it a routine, 'non event' for your horse (and horses love routine), the easier it will be. We've handled the legs and feet of our mares so much over the years that I can trim them in the pasture without even having a halter/lead rope and they will lift their feet for me without being asked as I go from foot to foot.
For your investment in handling, not only will you wind up with a well mannered, patient horse, but you'll save yourself (and your farrier) a bunch of time, effort, and frustration.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.