I like it! Jump to Latest Follow Status Not open for further replies. It will also make your horse more comfortable. 1.First, stand on the left side of your horse, facing the horse's tail. So, I have been working on that. Stand next to one, again facing the opposite direction of the horse's face. As the horse bends the leg to move, one can then catch the fetlock as the horse picks up the foot. I have three horses and they all lift their feet differently for picking and trimming. Picking Back Hooves and She Nearly Falls Over Here’s a question: So when I started with with Aria, when I went to pick up her back hoof, instead of bending at her hock joint, she would cock her leg waaaaaay up—like she was getting ready to kick. He's gotten away with it for so long why should he hold up his feet. *I* did not create a situation where this horse becomes aggressive with people who try and feed her or offer her treats. Try picking up your drafts hooves each day for a few minutes, tap on them, then let it go. By watching our informative videos, you will learn everything about Friesian horses. I get what you are saying about the resources. Farrier started on right front, rh, lh. This was pretty much how I taught my first horse almost everything, and it was very effective. Sorry. 15.4k votes, 900 comments. 1) If one is using this technique then one would stand opposite the horse's right shoulder facing backwards. i tried to pick it out but it was so rock solid there was no way i could even scrape or anything at all, so i couldnt get it off. In damp ground the packed in mud, holds moisture and softens the hoof. Allowing it to flex more. I also have to just hold it until she relaxes but she has gotten better at not being so nervous with this over time. I know people who split their time between working in hawaii and working in los angeles, some of them are horse people. It's almost comical but it shows it can be done. You very well could be dealing with a physical issue. JavaScript is disabled. “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. However, it didn't take too long with me being consistent for her to respond very well. “A lot of people don’t even put eyes on their horses’ feet every day. Once his feet are up in your hand he rests his weight in your hand and then often slams his foot down when he's had enough. I will admit...it never occurred to me that horses needed to be “taught” to lift their back hooves. And secondly, what she is inclined to do, and has been doing for the farrier for the last several years.. And I only strongarmed her into hoof picking this way a few times. While I can't diagnose your issue...I will say that Belle was hesitant at first with the feet, she kicked at me once and the first couple of times with the farrier knocked him over. A forum community dedicated to horse owners and enthusiasts. Laela will lift her back feet high and I just hold on to it until she relaxes it down so I can work on it. Keep a watch out, it could be something as simple as sore hocks to something as severe as a neurological issue. If I were there trying to take on some horses, and needed better resources I'd try calling them and ask who they use. The best way to learn how to pick is by working with your farrier. 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. 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'd be busy trying shift his weight so he couldn't lean. Not trying to scare you, just sharing my encounter. I have always had a hard time picking up my Percheron's hooves, especially the hind feet. This woman shows how she cleans horses' hooves and bodies and it's oddly satisfying 襤 For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. When he got to the left front the horse didn't lean. ... For those little things that are inexplicably satisfying. Is that just part of her hoof when I pick it, is that normal, is it a fungus or something to be concerned about at all? He started to recover but had to be euthanized after a bad fall. A hoof pick and be found at any tack store, or a store that sells supplies for horses. 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. My gelding started doing it when he got in his mid 20's. So, farrier’s medical advice is not to be taken too seriously. 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. I never used it for picking up his feet, as we started than when he was just a baby, so it was never an issue. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Star will yank her feet up really fast as though she's afraid if she doesn't she'll be in trouble. So, yeah. I also have to just hold it until she relaxes but she has gotten better at not being so nervous with this over time. My farrier would do the same except rest the top side of the hoof on top of his boot to trim. I have always had a hard time picking up my Percheron's hooves, especially the hind feet. I'd call the touristy horse folks and get a clue from them. Star will yank her feet up really fast as though she's afraid if she doesn't she'll be in trouble. my gelding had so much ice/snow packed into his front hooves he was literally walking on like balls of it. First let me say that most people OVER pick a horse's hooves. The equine hoof is extremely complex, but you wouldn’t know that just by looking at it. Horses kick out of fear or dominance. Support the ankle with your hand and pick it like you did the front. There may well be a physical component. One of the most athletic and versatile horse breeds! But first things first: Here are the steps to take to properly and safely pick a horse’s hoof: Ensure your horse is haltered and securely tied, or that an assistant is holding him. Horse Breeds, Breeding, Genetics & Conformation, VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. Posted by 4 months ago. Then it dawned on me, change the sequence. A forum community dedicated to horse owners and enthusiasts. R.I.P. If he does not have EPSM, a high fat diet is the best diet for him anyway. www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/, https://www.horseforum.com/members/4160/album/chestnut-5339/pictures-128437.jpg, VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. However, I’m fairly sure that what I see as anxiety really is anxiety. Treating for hooves with thrush, then turning the horse out into wet, muddy or manure packed ground conditions is counterproductive. Picking Horse's Hooves To pick out your horse's hooves, first you need a hoof pick. :runninghorse2:Ride Canada's National Horse-the Canadian Horse. This is what I want her to do. The horse, if you were in a strength battle, will always win. I believe some woo-woo things. I’ll work with her a bit more and see if I can find something that works better for her physiology. I have to lift it manually higher (not excessively) to work on it. Who knows but it worked ever after. For horses with stall access, picking their feet and giving them time in a clean, ... horses with brittle, weak hooves or frequent shoe pulling might benefit from additional biotin in their diet. Farrier had worked on the gelding a lot of years before it got to the point he needed some extra considerations so knew him well. Join. 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). Has he/she said anything about it? Aug 6, 2016 - Q: Sometimes when I’m picking out my horse’s hooves, he tries to put his foot down. The rest he was good with. 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. thats helpful. Each day do it for a little loner, if they pull back then make a sound that is guttural or a firm NO and hold it then let the hoof down. If she did lean I would take the end of a hoof pick and shove it into her ribs with a NO, not hard enough to hurt her but enough to make it uncomfortable so she wouldn't immediately lean. Why? While it is important to trim overgrown hooves, it's also important not to trim them too short. As soon as he starts kicking though I let go, because there is no way you could ever win a fight over a horse. The idea of picking up a horse's hooves can intimidate some owners since a well-placed horse kick would really hurt! Because I’m a bit inclined to think this is 80% bad habit, and only 20% physical. EPSM and shivers are both draft ailments that manifest as general hindend weakness and instability. 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. If the hoof is not picked and a stone becomes lodged in the hoof, it's possible the weight of the horse could push the stone right through the sole, which can have serious consequences. I have to lift it manually higher (not excessively) to work on it. I got the name of a chiropractor who comes to our area once or twice a month, and I think I will schedule an appointment for Ahab. Growing up I rode a school horse that did the same thing, but it was due to an old tendon injury. 2. A simple test would be can he pivot on his back legs in a fluid motion? Picking out the dirt can help prevent infection from bacteria and fungus. For those little things that are inexplicably satisfying. I have dealt with youngsters that will literally fall over when they are first getting their feet done with the farrier. Foreign objects like dirt, mud, rocks, stones, and snow can get lodged in the frog and sole of the hooves, which not only causes the horse discomfort but can allow nasty equine diseases to develop and spread to other horses and humans. Close. As a horse spends most of its life outdoors, you need to perform a smart hoof care regime which involves cleaning their hooves regularly. You made my life better. Just because you aren't at a barn where there's a vet around 24/7 doesn't mean there isn't one willing to come out with their fancy gear to take a look. (I know this because I sent a picture to the vet.) Can he easily back? 687. 687. As you visually check your whole horse, look for any swelling or cuts around the foot. :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. lesion on Aria’s butt is a wart, when its clearly a sarcoid. Huh. 4.9m members in the oddlysatisfying community. How can I make picking out feet easier? You might have to teach your horse to … JavaScript is disabled. A hoof that is trimmed too short can cause the horse discomfort and can impact its gait. Was trying to avoid a copyright issue by not stealing a picture of a horse off the internet. I did this with my draft mare and she is a lot better now. Horse hoof picking. about careers press advertise blog. The best way to solve that problem is to teach him that having his legs handled isn’t a big deal. Let the hoof naturally lift. 4 years ago. Using Reddit. made me think of these guys. The first time teaches nothing but the second or third times teach him that he can either cooperate or work. It might just be Lazyitis. My trail horse was a pro at dropping his left shoulder and leaning most of his weight on the farrier. Novia will barely lift her foot off of the ground, but she's kind of lazy. Okay. For those little things that are inexplicably satisfying. Yes, I was not overly impressed by the quick non-diagnosis, but I figured, if Ahab has got EPSM, he should be on a high fat diet. Once his feet are up in your hand he rests his weight in your hand and then often slams his foot down when he's had enough. So satisfying Cleaning the hooves and the stud holes of Reintje the Friesian horse. 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. You must have a farrier you use, right? If you have a good farrier who is patient and quiet with the horses, you can line up the horse along a stall door and that gives them something to lean against the first couple of times when they learn to get their feet done. My farrier says he is just being a "typical draft". If I hold it tightly, he tries to jerk it away. While he didn't have any pronounced arthritis he did have general stiffness. Laela will lift her back feet high and I just hold on to it until she relaxes it down so I can work on it. Every horse I’ve ever picked had already been taught to do it right. Horse hoof picking. Without solid, sound feet, you have no horse, so understanding hoof anatomy is extremely important. If your farrier recommends it, coat your horse’s hooves with a moisturizing dressing when grooming. Massage your horse’s legs, hose them off after a hard riding session, wrap them with care, etc. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. It sounds like classic draft horse stuff: legs like immovable posts; if I leaned on him to shift his weight, he leaned back harder. They don't usually know how to balance themselves to stay upright and start literally falling over on one side. I picked my horse's hooves and sometimes I noticed this white crumbly substance. But I really am doing the best I can. Daily observation — including picking out all four hooves — is one of the easiest ways to know what’s happening with your horse’s feet. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. 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. When picking out a horse hoof, debris such as sand, dirt, hay, and other foreign materials are removed. Novia will barely lift her foot off of the ground, but she's kind of lazy. Horses' hooves are very sensitive, so it's important you know what you're doing before you try to trim them. Many owners only clean hooves when it’s time to ride or before the farrier arrives. 2) Bend forwards slightly enabling your right hand to slide down the back of the horse's right leg. Log In Sign Up. It sounds like classic draft horse stuff: legs like immovable posts; if I leaned on him to shift his weight, he leaned back harder. Come join the discussion about breeding, grooming, reviews, health, behavior, housing, adopting, care, classifieds, and more! Every horse I’ve ever picked had already been taught to do it right. I've known a few horses who have moved to hawaii over the years, and I'm sure that they are well cared for. My horse likes to kick when I pick them up, but after tons of thumb into his butts, sore hands, and a tired horse, after the twentieth time then he gives up. 1 - 20 of 21 ... it never occurred to me that horses needed to be “taught” to lift their back hooves. I've done some horse riding in hawaii on various islands and seen some ranches, especially on maui where the animals are really well cared for. Once you have your hoof pick, you can begin. When a horse demands to put it's hoof down, I chase it out on the lunge for 3 circles. This is better for the horse. Come join the discussion about breeding, grooming, reviews, health, behavior, housing, adopting, care, classifieds, and more! 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. Not to mention, the farrier uses food to get Aria to consent to this...which isnt my favourite since the horse is a bit food aggressive to begin with. Horses experience this within the first couple weeks of life. But that doesn't mean that the resources you need don't exist there at all, it might just take more searching to find them. The idea of picking up a horse’s hooves can intimidate some owners since a well-placed horse kick would really hurt! Getting a young horse familiar with having their hooves picked is started by two people; one holding the horse… If your horse has weak hoof walls consider trying one of the many feed supplements that claim to benefit hoof growth. A horse pick will help dislodge all the dirt, manure, and debris that gets trapped in your horse’s hooves. Reddit. 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