Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Williams, Arizona
• Horses: 0
The thing that popped into my mind was, "she picks up the hinds, so why not the hinds??".
The next thing was, "I wonder if her front feet are sore?".
I've read this in a few places, on this forum or elsewhere I don't remember. But since the weight is doubled on the front foot when one is picked up, it does make sense to at least consider the possibility.
Hondo will actually shift his weight and square up and even start to pick up a foot as I move towards another. Unless he is a little concerned about stuff going on around him. And also if there is another horse nearby. At those time he doesn't want to have ANY foot picked up. I consider that he's saying, "I may need all four of these for immediate flight so leave them alone please!"
So those are maybe a couple of more angles to check out. It's real easy for us humans to default to, "She's just being stubborn", and maybe she is. But I personally would not make that conclusion until the very last.
And if she has a really good reason, I'm thinking she could become defensive if forced for her own protection.
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