Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Desert from Hell, CA.
Weanling + Hoof cleaning = sudden issue?
I'm a fairly new horse owner, and I'd rather take care of this before it becomes an issue.
I got my filly Kiera in October. She had never been wormed, and maybe that was why she was mostly easygoing with things like hoof cleaning. I don't know. In any case in the last couple of times I've tried to clean out her hooves, she's been really irritable about it.
Two times ago she kicked her back foot, not at me, but it was unacceptable. I persisted and cleaned her feet, telling her a very firm "No!". This last time, she started kind of stomping her front foot repeatedly. Again, I persisted and cleaned her feet.
Is this to be expected when dealing with young horses, or am I going about this wrong? I am not hurting her, nor lifting her feet too high. I've had the BO check, she did not have rocks in her feet...she just seems to not like her front feet (especially) done. Do I persist until she gets over it, and learns cleaning is going to happen regardless of her attitude, or is there another method?
*She was for the most part unhandled when I bought her*