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So, Mana has absorbed everything I have thrown at him like a fuzzy sponge. He picks up his feet like a dream. Since Deja is witchy about her feet I have been pretty anal about getting Mana used to having his feet messed with. He will lift and hold up all of his feet exept his front left one. He has never liked lifting it even when he was very little. At one point he even let himself fall to the ground when I was trying to hold it. He will try to pull his foot away and if I don't let go he will try to hop backward. If that fails he will very nearly flop himself to the ground. I try not to let go of his foot when he tries to pull it away so he doesn't get any ideas about getting out of holding his foot up, but this is getting rediculous. How do I stop this? He is perfect for his other feet so I don't understand what the problem is. He does not have any medical issues that would cause him pain. I don't know how to break him of this. I want to fix this before he gets too much bigger. Any suggestions?
 

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Excellant answers! I am going out there in a bit to work with him so I'll try these out. Thanks! Glad to know others have had this problem and that it can be worked through.
 

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Yes, we have ruled out pain. I had the vet out a couple weeks ago to do a check up. He's just turning 6 months next week and I have been working on his feet since he was a month old. He has always had a problem with this foot. It is possible that he doesn't know how to balence with this one up, but why would he be fine with three of them and not this one? I suppose all I can do now is to work with him for awhile and see if he improves. I did manage to pick all of his feet yesterday, though his problem foot I had to do over the course of a half hour, but it got done. I did notice that he is quite flat footed. If that means anything. Thanks for all the advice everyone, I'll keep this updated on how he does.

**Edit: And I just remembered that when I was working with his feet up untill now he was not being held. He wasn't lead broke untill recently and any work I did with him he was loose in the pasture for.
 
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