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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Rewarding twitch for keeping his foot up is probably not a good idea. If he knows he will get treats for it he may very well strike you if you are in his line of fire and he wants a treat at some point. Try just smacking his leg when he paws/strikes. I did that with Kenzie and she caught on quite quickly that pawing was a no-go.
Don't worry about him being low energy though. He's still thin and it takes a long time for them to really become 'normal' again. I never saw my filly Kenzie even so much as trot for the first 5 months of her rehab, and when she did trot she seemed sore and unwilling to do it often. 8 months into rehab her feet were better and she had more weight and she trotted occasionally with the other horses. Now, 11 months after rehab started, I almost wish she was a little MORE laid back! Haha. She gallops, farts, bucks, etc just like a normal two year old. It just took time.
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