Thank you for being our featured trainer this month. I have a question regarding one of my horses who has issues with having his hooves trimmed.
This is not new...he has been like this, we've just been dealing with it by going slow, taking our time and eventually getting done.
He will not stand to have his hooves trimmed, there is nothing wrong physically, he gets impatient at the time it takes. Saddling, grooming, he is fine. So he will stand tied. I can also leave him standing tied, he will start to paw when he gets bored, but does not get upset.
When he is being trimmed, he will try to move to the right, to the left, and move his body. He will pick up his feet, but after a few moments, will get antsy, try to pull his hoof away in the front, and will move his body away and take himself out of the situation as much as possible. With his back legs, he will let you pick them up, and occassionally will kick out, not full force, but in protest. He will pull away, and take his hoof away.
Under saddle he is a dream...this is the only area he has an issue with.
Can you please tell me what steps to take to go back to "basics" to help him be comfortable with this and to stand patiently?