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post #21 of 30 Old 12-26-2008, 02:58 PM
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It *is* possible to do it by yourself, though it wont be easy.

Does she know how to ground tie( either completely or somewhat)?
That did help me a bit with Gem, but it was daily work.

It was a lot easier to have someone holding him, but I managed by myself.

If she's food motivated, I would reward her with a treat after you were able to clean her feet.
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post #22 of 30 Old 12-26-2008, 04:10 PM
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okay im sorry i didnt read everything but when my mare and gelding didnt like there feet being handled or wouldnt pick up there feet i was taught to run your hand down there leg with a little bit of pressure and if they still didnt pick up there hoof you grab some of the feather and pull it until they pick up there foot. thats how i taught my gelding to pick up his feet and it worked pretty well.

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hi there everyone, i am new to this site and a proud owner of a little foal so i need lots of help as i am giving him bad habits already, not to sure how to start up a new thread any help will be great, thanks a million
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thank everyone for your replies!!! I managed to pick up both feet for a few seconds!! we will continue to work on it
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post #25 of 30 Old 12-26-2008, 11:32 PM
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Yipee! Keep it up, but remember to do all four feet each time so she gets the idea she can't go back to problems with the front. Do them in the same order each time -- it will help to make her feel more secure. Every time you get it is one step ahead!
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post #26 of 30 Old 12-28-2008, 10:47 PM
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Great job! remember as northernmama said practice makes perfect. You might do some foot up practice whenever you think of it whether the hoof needs cleaned or not.


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A good way to get a horse to learn to pick up their feet is by putting a lead around the fetlock and gently pull the lead towards the front of the horse until they lift their foot slightly and once they pick it up a couple inches set it down instantly, but don't drop it. Do the same thing with front and back feet a few times. Once he's used to that then you need to try lifting higher, till the hoof is high enough you would normally be able to pick it out, then set it down. Then move onto holding it up. Then you can try picking it out. If he leans on you, the second he starts putting weight on your shoulder DROP his hoof. That's how I taught many horses to pick up their feet, and the good thing is they can't really kick you while you are at a distance with the lead rope.
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and the good thing is they can't really kick you while you are at a distance with the lead rope.
Oh yes they can! And they will have a better shot at you when you are a couple of feet away than if you have lots of body contact with them. The OP is having kicking issues, not just picking up the feet.
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I suppose I didn't word it correctly. If you stand facing their rump, next to their head for the front feet and pull the rope towards you then still face their rump, all the time parallel with them so they face front you face back then next to their shoulder for the back legs and pull it towards you. if you have a nicely sized lead such as a min. of 6ft. then you should be fine.
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Ah... I tried to reply Jdun, but every thing I wrote sounded all wrong. Maybe just re-read the thread...

I must be tired; can't think straight... time for beddy-bye!
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