You might use the word "start" instead of "break". <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
If it was me in your position, I would work on him moving his butt away from your pressure. Will he rotate on his forehand for you with just a light tap? If not, he should.
You want to get in the habit of giving the horse plenty of cues to get ready to pick up a foot. I do my horses in the same order every time, and I run my hand from their shoulder or rump all the way down their leg every time. So they can prepare themselves and shift their weight off that quarter.
Horses that put their weight into the foot I want to pick up get pinched on the cannon just above the fetlock. No response? Try a hoofpick there. Not like you want to make a hole in the horse, but just to make it more uncomfortable. Just keep pressure on and wait. He'll pick it up and you say Good Boy! If he puts it down again, just go back to a pat, then a pinch, then the hoofpick if needed. Praise anything he does in a positive direction and let him think about it for a few seconds before trying again. Do not give up, do not lose your temper. The two cardinal rules of horse training!
If, once you get it up, he leans his weight into that foot, DROP IT! Drop it suddenly and back off. Hopefully he will stagger and it will be a bit shocking for him. Say, "whoops!" in a cheerful voice (the cheerful "uh oh, bad choice on your part!" sound is useful mostly to get you to stay upbeat and not punitive or frustrated about the whole thing) Then go right back to the pat, the pinch, the hoofpick, etc.
As long as he is just passively opposing you, just make cheerfully and calmly make it more unpleasant for him to do that than it's worth.
Hi, thank you for giving me this new expression to work with, it sounds much less forceful 😊
I can get him to rotate and push his hips just with a slight pressure (I've been working that since day 1, it was my priority because he just used to completely push you instead, kind of fast too, so it was hard to get away in time, could not be worked with inside his stall and unsupervised by my teacher, which was really troublesome because she's very busy with other classes)
I use cues to push him away too, small things, I first tell him to "move away", then use my thumb and kind of just touch his hip, no pressure, then gradually put pressure little by little. These days he sometimes move away juste with the simple touch.
But even when I do this, he usually just plants both feet firmly on the ground, and even more frustrating he even relaxes the other leg! It doesn't really help...
I've tried pinching, and sometimes it does help, but never tried the hoofpick which is an excellent idea! I tried it today and it worked! Once he removes his weight I can easily pick it up and he doesn't mind, as long as I keep it in the same place or extend it backwards (I can go as far as he physically can without doing anything) and he is practically weightless.
However, as soon as I want to bring it forward like a farrier would, he just puts all his weight down to take a simple step, and I have no choice but to let him go (he's so heavy!!!!)
I'll try to get more lightness from him. He didn't care at all for the pinch, but the hoofpick seems to work, so using progression every time, I hope to be able to create an anticipation so he eventually picks it up with just a bit of pressure.
I also try using the same cues each time. I start with the front right always (move from the shoulder and then down), then back right, front left and back left (always putting my hand on his shoulder or hip and easing my way down to his leg).