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post #1 of 9 Old 06-12-2012, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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best way to pick back hoofs!

Need a bit of help, my gelding will let me pick his front hooves but when I try ti do the back ones he lifts his hoof but to high and when I try and hold it he flicks it towards me like hes trying to kick me. How do I overcome this??
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-12-2012, 02:46 PM
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Well make sure you are to the side of him and when he tries to take his hoof back just hold him there when he settles down put his foot down pet him then repeat. But stay to the side out of kicking range.
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-13-2012, 06:28 PM
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I stand next to them, facing backwards, pick up and take a step forward extending the leg out and brace it on my knee.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-13-2012, 10:25 PM
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My horse used to kick out/pull away with his back hooves whenever I would pick them up. What I ended up doing was pick his hoof up and hold it until he stopped yanking/kicking with it (Yes, it was a ride ). I would wait a couple of seconds, and then set his foot down. And then I would repeat, repeat, repeat. Now I don't have any problems with his back feet.
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Try not to extend the leg too much. It will put him off balance. Most likely the pulling away of the hoof is just him becoming unbalanced.

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post #6 of 9 Old 06-14-2012, 10:53 AM
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Just give them a good squeeze on their lower leg, lean into them a little until they lift it up. Then bring it slightly back and clean. I would not suggest having their leg on your knee, if they try to bring it down quickly it is easier (in case of an accident) to let your hand off.

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-14-2012, 12:04 PM
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I've spent 30 years cleaning hooves, and with some very fractious animals. I brace the hoof against my knee from the outside, slips right down if needed. But you have to do it how you feel comfortable. I'm just telling you what works for me.
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-14-2012, 12:08 PM
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for one horse who has bad balance i get his hind legs by holding him up by the hip joint on my shoulder with me facing his tail. i dont take all his weight he shifts but it helps him feel more relaxed knowing something is under him... he wouldn't kick out but he would constantly pull and flick trying to get his hoof back on the ground.

but for the others i just pick up the hook and hold it on my thigh
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-20-2012, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for all your suggestions, I will just keep trying, he lifts his leg before im even ready, maybe I'll do his back feet first, he just lifts his leg really high its a right performance.
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