Horse Training Videos and DVDs by reining and cutting horse trainer, Larry Trocha
Videos for reining, cutting and fixing horses that buck, rear, bite, kick, spook and more.
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02/09/2014 at 12:43 pm
I’ve got a very sweet 7yo QH mare that is very nervous about holding up her back feet. I can get her to initially pick them up easily but once i have them up for a few seconds she really pulls hard to try and get her foot back even if its resting on my thigh (at this point I let go and with no reaction simply try again) .This has become a big enough problem that when the farrier comes out we have to lightly sedate her to keep her comfortable and clam for the entire procedure. I have not had her for long but I have a feeling that the technique of tying up the horses foot that some old school farrier use was done to her previously and she’s just scared and nervous. I’ve been working with her on the ground to build trust between us as well — I bought the subscription with the fix to this problem in mind specifically. I’m going to watch them all but if there’s one that could help sooner than later I’d like to watch it first. Any other suggestions or particular videos in this series that could help me break her of this fear?
Thanks a ton!
Larry Trocha says
02/09/2014 at 12:53 pm
There are two things you can do to fix this.
1. Pick up her foot and then put it back down BEFORE she takes it away on her own. Build up the “hold up” time to longer and longer until she will tolerate her foot being held up for long enough to be trimmed or shod.
2. Teach her that she “must” give her foot by training her to the “scotch hobble”. Do a google or youtube search to see examples.
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