Monday, October 01, 2007

a question for my horse-knowledgeable buddies

I rode Libby for about fifteen minutes in the round pen tonight; she did great. She's starting to understand me when I ask her to switch directions or stop.

Her biggest problem is this: She doesn't like to have her back feet picked up. When I pick one up, she pulls it away from me. She doesn't try to kick me, she just objects to my holding it. Sometimes she ends up setting it on my foot. Thank goodness I'm wearing my boots when that happens!

How should I handle this?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Make sure the horse is balanced to start with, then you ask for the foot for 1 second - YOU put it down. 2 seconds, 4 seconds, etc, and work your way up to a minute or so. The decision to put the foot down is ALWAYS yours. Spending some time each day working this way should help to solve the problem.

Sharon

Astaryth said...

I noticed from your other entries that you have already gotten plenty of good advice, so I won't bother to add any unless you continue to have problems! Mostly anything done as a routine will solve this type of problem, so I think you are well on your way to a fix.