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post #11 of 18 Old 05-01-2016, 03:23 PM
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I would be going back to the trainer, ask if he had trouble, and if not come and give you some help with this, sounds like this mare has your number.

How experienced are you?
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I would be going back to the trainer, ask if he had trouble, and if not come and give you some help with this, sounds like this mare has your number.

How experienced are you?
I'm pretty experienced with horses but this is the first young pony I've had.

I'm going to ask my instructor at my next lesson over the weekend see what she says.
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When I tried that she lifted it and threw it down really fast and I can't hold it up or else she walks on me or rears back. I'll keep trying it and see if she improves though. Thanks for the help
When you tried what? DO you have her tied up when you are working with her? If so she shouldn't be able to walk on you or away from you, and if she is trying to rear keep hold of the rope.

My big worry here, if she is really walking ON you, then there would appear to be one huge hole in her basic training, no matter what goes on she should NEVER invade your personal space.

Here, a video of using the rope, shame the horse seems already trained, so you can't see how you just hang onto that rope if they start kicking...


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What he does with the back foot is how I do all 4. I never have made a loop that would stay on if they got away. I also pull forward on all 4, before I ask them to let me pull back like I would if I was picking up to pick. That way, you stay out of the reach of any of those feet and if she runs backwards, you just follow and don't let go of the rope and as soon as she stops, you pull forward again and ask her to lift the foot. She learns that running back doesn't get her away from the rope and it doesn't get her out of lifting the foot. If she tries to rear or strike, just keep a hold of the foot, with a nice long lead rope, you are not in her reach no matter what. Eventually she learns that throwing her wall eyed fits uses up a lot of energy and gets her absolutely nowhere.
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She has not learned to properly give her feet, and accept having them held, until the person gives that foot back.
Every time she succeeds in taking it away, that bad habit just becomes more ingrained
You need someone to help you, that is experienced and can show you how to teach your horse these manners, that any horse has to know, for feet trimming,shoing ect

If you need to use a rope-do so. Just be prepared to succeed or otherwise, you are just enabling her to continue to act in this manner, and having it become an ingrained response, harder to break.
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There are many good methods to teach a horse to stand and have their feet handled, but you just paid good money to have someone train the horse. What type of training agreement did you have? Specifically did you ask the trainer to work with the horses feet or was teaching the horse to stand for a farrier part of the agreement? Some training with hoof handling it typically part of starting a colt.
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The rope method worked very well for me as well. It takes patience and a few days. Working several times a day for a short time each time works best. Don't be in a hurry and recognize very small improvement in how long you can hold it up.

I also never made a loop that would stay on, just ran it around the canon/pastern and used a little pressure.
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I am also a bit confused as to how a trained 4 year old can't pick up her feet. Does the farrier do her feet? Didn't the trainer pick up her feet in the time she was there?

Either of those people should be able to give you advice.

Agree with what has been said as well.
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