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KoKo1212 11-20-2012 04:56 PM

Just needs training OR in pain???
I have a 12 year old mare who appears to REALLY hate anyone messing with her rear feet (her trimmer was unable to even do her rear hooves recently). I've had her since June and I know the previous owner didn't work with her rear hooves at all. My mare seemed to be doing better with it and then I, stupidly, stopped messing with her rear feet as much too (bad me!!!). Now, it is worse than ever. She moves all over the place and just keeps pulling her feet away from me. She also stocks up just a bit each morning but it goes away after riding a bit. She rides well and eat well and I see no other problems. I had a vet out and they didn't find anything...said to keep trying to train her for about 4-5 weeks and then, if not improved, do a lameness exam. Does this problem sound familiar to anyone? Could it just be that she is not used to people working with her rear feet (she is great for the front feet) or is it painful for her?? I am worried sick. Thanks....

Spotted 11-20-2012 05:08 PM

Could be both. I would work with her. With the bigger horses that need training I use a soft rope, I pull the foot forward and then resease. I do that several times, each time a little longer. If you have a buddy stroke her neck at the same time to keep her calm. Eventually use your hands when you feel comfortable and tap on the hoof rub it ect.
( you can wrap the rope at the ankle, but don't make any knots, you want to be able to get the rope off quick if need be). Only release the pressure when you want, don't let her make the decision.
If she does have pain, you will need her pick up her feet and get them fixed.
Good luck :)

KoKo1212 11-20-2012 05:12 PM

Thank you for this info. Yes, I think she is at least rather stiff in the morning (maybe some arthritis). I just hope it is not anything more serious. I know she does need more training in this area and I will use your suggestion...thanks!
I will keep trying! :-)

spirit88 11-20-2012 07:04 PM

Id do like spotted said sounds like no one ever trained her to have her back feet handled. I know my one gelding can be a bit of a pain about back feet. Hes arthritic that sure can make them difficult to do. Main thing is work with her and reasure her she will come around sooner or later. If pain is the reason for being naughty getting after her wont do much good.

TaraBearaIsBack 11-20-2012 07:28 PM

I also agree with the training to pick up her feet. One of my mares stocks up a lot in her hind feet when she is in the stall too long so I have to make sure to always work her when she is inside!

IrishHunter 11-20-2012 07:41 PM

My Tb has the same issue. Unless you are daily working with her she will regress and flail her back legs around. I also found out she doesn't like when you just up and grab the tendon to lift it up. I ask her to step over and cock the leg I'm trying to lift slightly then I grab the actual hoof, not her tendon. Might work with yours too?
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loosie 11-20-2012 09:25 PM

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Um, you got a vet out & they advised she wasn't lame but do a lameness exam at a later date if she didn't improve? So what did they do to ascertain it wasn't a physical prob?? I suggest a good bodyworker may be more knowledgeable in that sort of area. Yes, 'training/behaviour' problems are frequently an indication of physical probs.

KoKo1212 11-20-2012 11:02 PM

The vet appeared to do a "partial" lameness exam (forgive me, I am a bit new to all of this). She watched her move and palpated her all over, etc...
Tonight, a veteran horsewoman at the ranch tried with her feet and she was SOOOO much better for her. So...that gives me hope. I don't know what was going on that day with my trimmer but I am hoping she was just having an off day (she did see the vet the previous day for vaccinations and maybe she remembered and didn't want to be messed with again). I am sure that my horse knows that I am not quite skilled at picking up her rear feet yet. A trainer is going to work with me on it this week and next and we'll see how it goes. After that, if still not good, I will call a bodyworks person and just go ahead and have a "full" lameness exam completed. I just want to know all I can. Thanks for all the help!

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