Every horse I’ve ever picked had already been taught to do it right. You made my life better. I also have to just hold it until she relaxes but she has gotten better at not being so nervous with this over time. Can he easily back? Press J to jump to the feed. :runninghorse2: I used to own a gelding that became unbalanced and would stumble when you picked up a hind hoof, long story short the vet diagnosed him with epm. *I* did not create a situation where this horse becomes aggressive with people who try and feed her or offer her treats. Such caution is good, but in reality if you pick up a horse's hoof properly you provide him with no leverage or ability to kick you. When picking out a horse hoof, debris such as sand, dirt, hay, and other foreign materials are removed. 1 - 20 of 21 ... it never occurred to me that horses needed to be “taught” to lift their back hooves. Treating for hooves with thrush, then turning the horse out into wet, muddy or manure packed ground conditions is counterproductive. 2. My farrier would do the same except rest the top side of the hoof on top of his boot to trim. “A lot of people don’t even put eyes on their horses’ feet every day. I'd keep ahold of his foot and tell him to relax until he brought it down and rested the toe on the ground like in your first picture. This is better for the horse. While he didn't have any pronounced arthritis he did have general stiffness. The best way to solve that problem is to teach him that having his legs handled isn’t a big deal. Sorry. There's a gal on youtube who taps a draft horse's hip with her pick and his picks up and holds his hoof high for her to clean. I have always had a hard time picking up my Percheron's hooves, especially the hind feet. about careers press advertise blog. As soon as he starts kicking though I let go, because there is no way you could ever win a fight over a horse. Farrier started on right front, rh, lh. “If you ask a horse to do more than his physical conditioning permits, then, as he fatigues, his risk of stumbling and not picking his feet up high enough will increase,” she says. Keep a watch out, it could be something as simple as sore hocks to something as severe as a neurological issue. i pick my horses hooves out in the mornings to get rid of any ice or snow build up they might be walking on, and boy oh boy this morning was a doozy. Picking Horse's Hooves To pick out your horse's hooves, first you need a hoof pick. Stand next to one, again facing the opposite direction of the horse's face. Picking out hooves is a very important skill, and should be done daily before and after riding to help keep the horse sound and from going lame. I will admit...it never occurred to me that horses needed to be “taught” to lift their back hooves. lesion on Aria’s butt is a wart, when its clearly a sarcoid. She always follows with a treat.Horses quickly figure out that if they lean or drop a hip some dumb person will hold the leg up for them. 4.9m members in the oddlysatisfying community. Without solid, sound feet, you have no horse, so understanding hoof anatomy is extremely important. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. In damp ground the packed in mud, holds moisture and softens the hoof. The equine hoof is extremely complex, but you wouldn’t know that just by looking at it. The best way to learn how to pick is by working with your farrier. It sounds like classic draft horse stuff: legs like immovable posts; if I leaned on him to shift his weight, he leaned back harder. I like it! She just sees me going towards her foot with a hoof pick and she picks her foot up now.....so it is possible and not a 'typical' draft thing like I have also heard before. There may well be a physical component. You very well could be dealing with a physical issue. My trail horse was a pro at dropping his left shoulder and leaning most of his weight on the farrier. Using Reddit. (I know this because I sent a picture to the vet.) My farrier says he is just being a "typical draft". He started to recover but had to be euthanized after a bad fall. I have always had a hard time picking up my Percheron's hooves, especially the hind feet. A horse pick will help dislodge all the dirt, manure, and debris that gets trapped in your horse’s hooves. Huh. A forum community dedicated to horse owners and enthusiasts. They need to have their animals in peak condition for idiots who want to ride a horse in hawaii and being a business they probably have access to those resources. Allowing it to flex more. I get what you are saying about the resources. If I were there trying to take on some horses, and needed better resources I'd try calling them and ask who they use. As a horse spends most of its life outdoors, you need to perform a smart hoof care regime which involves cleaning their hooves regularly. It can be very subtle and the first sign could be nothing more than a change in his head and neck position when you ask for something.. My farrier says he is just being a "typical draft" and my vet checked him out fairly briefly, flexed a hind leg, and said she saw no evidence of EPSM or stiffness, although she didn't rule out is having a touch of arthritis (Ahab is seventeen). You might have to teach your horse to … The idea of picking up a horse’s hooves can intimidate some owners since a well-placed horse kick would really hurt! It might just be Lazyitis. I did this with my draft mare and she is a lot better now. 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