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         Picking Up A Horses Hoof


The idea of picking up a horse's hooves can intimidate some owners since a well-placed horse kick would really hurt! 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. This is a situation where a person's worst fears can cause him to imagine an incident that is highly unlikely to occur with careful handling.

Here's how to safely pick up a horse's hoof:

Starting with the front hoof, approach your horse diagonally from his front so that he clearly knows you are there - you don't want to surprise him. Place yourself even with his shoulder and make sure to face his rear; you will both be facing opposite directions during the hoof picking process.

Making sure that your feet aren't too close to the horse's hoof, start running the hand parallel to him down his shoulder and along the length of his leg, finally stopping just above his ankle. Gently grasp the ankle portion and click (or otherwise verbally cue him) to ask him to raise his leg. If he's well trained, that small cue will be more than enough and he'll do just what you requested. You're now free to begin picking his hoof.

If your horse is being a bit stubborn or hasn't learned how to pick up his legs yet try leaning into his shoulder as you run your hand down the back of his cannon bone. You can also gently squeeze/pinch the tendons to further cue him to what you would like. As you perform these physical cues make sure you provide a verbal one also (I make a clicking sound) so the horse later associates your sound with the requested response. Increase the weight you push against his shoulder until he finally lifts his leg as requested.

When picking a horse's hoof you want to remove all debris from the hoof clefts as well as the rim and frog. Be careful around the frog because it can sometimes be a bit sensitive, particularly if the horse has thrush.

Once you have finished cleaning the front hoof carefully guide it back to the floor; you don't want to allow the horse to slam it, potentially hitting your foot in the process. Praise your horse and pat him on the front shoulder a bit so he understands that you are pleased with his cooperation, then run your hand along his back to his rear leg. Place yourself in the same position as you did with his front leg and do the process over again.

There is a slight difference between lifting a rear foot and front foot, even though your basic positioning and actions are nearly identical. When you lift your horse's rear foot he will probably give a little jerk that you might misinterpret as a kick. This is a common reflex reaction among horses and nothing for you to worry about.

Secondly, when you raise your horse's rear leg you'll want to step into him a bit so that your hip is underneath his leg. Rest his leg on your thigh, grab his hoof and gently flex it upwards. By doing this you lend him some support and more importantly the position of his leg and his flexed hoof will prevent him from being able to kick you.

Clean the hoof, lower it cautiously as you did the first and praise him. Congratulations - you're halfway done! The opposite side will be done exactly the same way, but try to return to his front and start the opposite side rather than move around his rear. It's bad practice to approach or circle all but the most trusted horses via the rear in such close quarters since a horse would be within range to strike.

When lifting any hoof try to make sure your horse is properly squared (balanced evenly on all four legs) so that when you lift one hoof he can easily balance on his remaining three. At no time should the horse actually lean his weight on you! Even when you rest his rear leg on your thigh you're not allowing him to use you as a crutch.

Once you have picked your horse's hooves a few times it will probably become very simple and take less than 5 minutes to clear all hooves. Most trained horses will raise their hoof for you the moment they feel your leg run down their leg.

It is a very good idea to control your horse's head while you are picking his hooves. This can be done by attaching his halter to crossties or asking a partner hold your horse's head. By controlling his head you ensure your horse can't move away from you while you're trying to pick his hooves, or worse? turn around and take a bite at your rear!

Jeffrey Rolo, owner of Alpha Horse and an experienced horse trainer and breeder, is the author of the above article.  You will find many other informational articles dealing with horse training and care as well as games and other horse fun on his website:  http://www.alphahorse.com.


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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?  The New York Times

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Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows  Science Daily

Dr. Maro: Know the signs of pain in pets - The Times
Dr. Maro: Know the signs of pain in pets  The Times

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Firefighter suffers minor injuries, pets die in fire - The Suffolk News-Herald  Suffolk News-Herald

SPCA continues no lost pets campaign by microchipping animals - WABI
SPCA continues no lost pets campaign by microchipping animals  WABI

Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Jordan - nwitimes.com
Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Jordan  nwitimes.com

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Clean carpets possess a deeper meaning than just an inviting home  The Daily Nonpareil

Erie County offers free rabies vaccinations for pets - WGRZ.com
Erie County offers free rabies vaccinations for pets  WGRZ.com

Pets of the Week - The Bethel Citizen
Pets of the Week  The Bethel Citizen

Children with animal allergies can live comfortably with pets - Wahoo Newspaper
Children with animal allergies can live comfortably with pets  Wahoo Newspaper

30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game - Today.com
30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game  Today.com

Points for Pets: Dental disease is most common disease among older cats, dogs - WV News
Points for Pets: Dental disease is most common disease among older cats, dogs  WV News

3 displaced, 15 pets dead, 1 firefighter injured following house fire in Suffolk - 8News
3 displaced, 15 pets dead, 1 firefighter injured following house fire in Suffolk  8News

SMVHS Pet of the Week: Duke - Lompoc Record
SMVHS Pet of the Week: Duke  Lompoc Record

Cabot animal shelter using facial recognition to help find lost pets - THV11.com KTHV
Cabot animal shelter using facial recognition to help find lost pets  THV11.com KTHV

FOTAS: County shelter pets find fantastic forever homes - Charleston Post Courier
FOTAS: County shelter pets find fantastic forever homes  Charleston Post Courier

Ammon reptile owners talk about surrendered pets - Local News 8 - LocalNews8.com
Ammon reptile owners talk about surrendered pets - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel - The Franklin Sun
PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel  The Franklin Sun

Annual pet blessing held as a drive-thru event due to ongoing pandemic - WLOS
Annual pet blessing held as a drive-thru event due to ongoing pandemic  WLOS

Adoptable pets in Tucson - Arizona Daily Star
Adoptable pets in Tucson  Arizona Daily Star

PET TALK: Chickens can be pets, but they also have other benefits - Chron.com
PET TALK: Chickens can be pets, but they also have other benefits  Chron.com

Pet owners felt less lonely and stressed during COVID-19 lockdown - Earth.com
Pet owners felt less lonely and stressed during COVID-19 lockdown  Earth.com

Check out these solutions for your pets! - yurview.com
Check out these solutions for your pets!  yurview.com

Pets with Potential: Meet Duchess - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Duchess  WCAX

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Pets and People: Putting two feet first | Pets And Animals - Frederick News Post
Pets and People: Putting two feet first | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

Pandemic Pets - The Herald
Pandemic Pets  The Herald

Big Flats house fire takes the life of one man and family pets - WETM - MyTwinTiers.com
Big Flats house fire takes the life of one man and family pets  WETM - MyTwinTiers.com

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Stanton Foundation grant to help pets, families - University of Georgia
Stanton Foundation grant to help pets, families  University of Georgia

Pet owners cancel plans to spend time with dogs, cats instead, Pet Census finds - Fox News
Pet owners cancel plans to spend time with dogs, cats instead, Pet Census finds  Fox News

Photos: Hoosiers fall in love with new pets this autumn at free adoption event - The Indianapolis Star
Photos: Hoosiers fall in love with new pets this autumn at free adoption event  The Indianapolis Star

How to get a pet in Among Us: Step by step guide - Sportskeeda
How to get a pet in Among Us: Step by step guide  Sportskeeda

Majority of Pet Owners Admit to Canceling Plans to Hang with Dog Instead, Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Majority of Pet Owners Admit to Canceling Plans to Hang with Dog Instead, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home - New York Post
NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home  New York Post

Local sisters make ‘furrtastic’ accessories for pets - myfox8.com
Local sisters make ‘furrtastic’ accessories for pets  myfox8.com

Peony and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - The Arizona Republic
Peony and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com - Antelope Valley Press
Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com  Antelope Valley Press

Sponsor spotlight: Pet safety during a home remodel - My Edmonds News
Sponsor spotlight: Pet safety during a home remodel  My Edmonds News

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Blue green algae poses danger to swimmers and pets  1430wcmy.com

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What do pet owners think about CBD? Study says...  Jill Lopez

United Pet Fund in Blue Ash collecting donations Sunday - WKRC TV Cincinnati
United Pet Fund in Blue Ash collecting donations Sunday  WKRC TV Cincinnati

Is your pet's food making you sick? Study finds many don't know the risk - Agri News
Is your pet's food making you sick? Study finds many don't know the risk  Agri News

Pets of the week: Darling London has a friendly personality, loves to play fetch - Victoria Advocate
Pets of the week: Darling London has a friendly personality, loves to play fetch  Victoria Advocate

Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com - Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

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Spin Master's Latest Toy Innovation, Present Pets™ Puppies, Unbox Themselves in the Most Heartwarming Way this Holiday Season  PRNewswire

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Lost Dog, Husky/Pitbull Mix in Robbins | Pets | thepilot.com  Southern Pines Pilot

You All Need To Pet The Dog In Hades More - Kotaku
You All Need To Pet The Dog In Hades More  Kotaku

Pets for adoption this week in Savannah - Savannah Morning News
Pets for adoption this week in Savannah  Savannah Morning News

Sick 9/11 Hero's Dog Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island - Long Island Press
Sick 9/11 Hero's Dog Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island  Long Island Press

Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, AZ Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food in 4 lb Bags Because of a Possible Salmonella Health Risk (USA) - FDA.gov
Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, AZ Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food in 4 lb Bags Because of a Possible Salmonella Health Risk (USA)  FDA.gov

CAPA Pet of the Week: Canelo - Lompoc Record
CAPA Pet of the Week: Canelo  Lompoc Record

El Paso Animal Services helps feed needy pets with a food bank - KVIA El Paso
El Paso Animal Services helps feed needy pets with a food bank  KVIA El Paso

Three rabies cases confirmed in Roanoke City and County; experts remind pet owners to vaccinate their pets - WFXRtv.com
Three rabies cases confirmed in Roanoke City and County; experts remind pet owners to vaccinate their pets  WFXRtv.com

Pet probiotics: Are they really necessary? - Mic
Pet probiotics: Are they really necessary?  Mic

Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

Pets of the Week: September 24, 2020 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: September 24, 2020  WSIL TV

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Cuddle with a new friend this fall — adopt a pet: Sept. 26-27  SILive.com

Pet of the Week: Ginger - KATC Lafayette News
Pet of the Week: Ginger  KATC Lafayette News

Keeping pets at a healthy weight - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Keeping pets at a healthy weight  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet! - Waterbury Republican American
Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet!  Waterbury Republican American

Pets of the week: Barney is the perfect family dog. Zelda is just plain adorable - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Barney is the perfect family dog. Zelda is just plain adorable  MLive.com

Dead, Malnourished Pets Found In Camden County; Charges Pending - Lake Expo
Dead, Malnourished Pets Found In Camden County; Charges Pending  Lake Expo

Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend - washingtoncountyinsider.com
Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend  washingtoncountyinsider.com

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Here are some of the companies that could benefit from COVID's ‘pet boom’  MarketWatch

Nominate Your Pet For Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week - Clark, NJ Patch
Nominate Your Pet For Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week  Clark, NJ Patch

Grab Rover and drive over to church for a pet blessing - Sun Sentinel
Grab Rover and drive over to church for a pet blessing  Sun Sentinel

Pet Tales: Meet Ace, the Pittsburgh Adventure Dog - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Meet Ace, the Pittsburgh Adventure Dog  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

All About Pets: Emergency preparations for your pets - Prescott Daily Courier
All About Pets: Emergency preparations for your pets  Prescott Daily Courier

Las Vegas animal shelters offering free pet adoptions this weekend - FOX5 Las Vegas
Las Vegas animal shelters offering free pet adoptions this weekend  FOX5 Las Vegas

Friendswood Animal Control pet of the week | Lifestyle | The Daily News - Galveston County Daily News
Friendswood Animal Control pet of the week | Lifestyle | The Daily News  Galveston County Daily News

These household items can be poisonous to your pets - KSAT San Antonio
These household items can be poisonous to your pets  KSAT San Antonio

World's largest pet walk to take place Sept. 26 - Ponte Vedra Recorder
World's largest pet walk to take place Sept. 26  Ponte Vedra Recorder

Empty the Shelters event lowers pet adoption fees in early October - PotomacLocal.com
Empty the Shelters event lowers pet adoption fees in early October  PotomacLocal.com

Real Pet Food Company recalls dog food due to possible salmonella contamination - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Real Pet Food Company recalls dog food due to possible salmonella contamination  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Pet of the week: A senior Lab looking for a good rope toy, and a petite, quiet tabby - Duluth News Tribune
Pet of the week: A senior Lab looking for a good rope toy, and a petite, quiet tabby  Duluth News Tribune

Pet Health: Smoky air especially harmful to pets - KOIN.com
Pet Health: Smoky air especially harmful to pets  KOIN.com

Pet of the Week: Oliver - County 17
Pet of the Week: Oliver  County 17

How Pets May Improve Our Immunity - Psychology Today
How Pets May Improve Our Immunity  Psychology Today

How to protect pets from wildfires: tips and packing list - Today.com
How to protect pets from wildfires: tips and packing list  Today.com

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Roxy - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Roxy - 47abc  WMDT

6 Things to Know About Insuring Your Pets - MSN Money
6 Things to Know About Insuring Your Pets  MSN Money

Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week: Dr. Yap - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week: Dr. Yap  WATE 6 On Your Side

28 top-rated Amazon products your pets will love - CNN
28 top-rated Amazon products your pets will love  CNN

Pet food giveaway; 6abc teams up with 1 Love 4 Animals to help families in need - WPVI-TV
Pet food giveaway; 6abc teams up with 1 Love 4 Animals to help families in need  WPVI-TV

PET OF THE WEEK - Sky Hi News
PET OF THE WEEK  Sky Hi News

Austin Humane Society distributes thousands of pounds of pet food - FOX 7 Austin
Austin Humane Society distributes thousands of pounds of pet food  FOX 7 Austin

Get cozy with one of these 20 adoptable pets: Sept. 19-20 - SILive.com
Get cozy with one of these 20 adoptable pets: Sept. 19-20  SILive.com

Salem animal hospital offers free treatment for pets hurt in area wildfires - KPTV.com
Salem animal hospital offers free treatment for pets hurt in area wildfires  KPTV.com

Pets of Detroit: The Official Power Rankings - prideofdetroit.com
Pets of Detroit: The Official Power Rankings  prideofdetroit.com

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOUR PETS DURING THE PANDEMIC? - FOX 11 and FOX 41
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOUR PETS DURING THE PANDEMIC?  FOX 11 and FOX 41

Is Your Pet Spoiled? Just A Little Bit! - newstalkkit.com
Is Your Pet Spoiled? Just A Little Bit!  newstalkkit.com

Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Yogi - KBTX
Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Yogi  KBTX

Pet Project: Milli Vanilli, - WJXT News4JAX
Pet Project: Milli Vanilli,  WJXT News4JAX

Pet of the Week: Oreo - Daily Bulldog
Pet of the Week: Oreo  Daily Bulldog

Marin Voice: Show compassion for pet owners as well as pets - Marin Independent Journal
Marin Voice: Show compassion for pet owners as well as pets  Marin Independent Journal

The global pandemic's newest luxury traveler? Your pet - CNBC
The global pandemic's newest luxury traveler? Your pet  CNBC

Siouxland Humane Society hosts 18th annual 'Pets on Parade' - KTIV
Siouxland Humane Society hosts 18th annual 'Pets on Parade'  KTIV

Longmont Humane Society pet of the week for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 - Longmont Times-Call
Longmont Humane Society pet of the week for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020  Longmont Times-Call

Help Pets in Need Find a Forever Family During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Days - PRNewswire
Help Pets in Need Find a Forever Family During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Days  PRNewswire

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