Preparing horse for farrier - training
I'll ask my BO/trainer, too, but thought I'd ask here. My new guy is four, and his hooves have clearly been trimmed, but he's not the best at holding up his feet. He seems to be a little unbalanced on three legs, or not used to having his feet handled regularly - for example he might try to rest a hind foot while I am holding the front, then go "oh help, I can't do that" and try to put the foot I'm holding down or lean on me for balance.
I've just had him a few days, and the farrier will be seeing him in about two weeks, so I'd like to have him improved by then. I'd like to work up to holding his feet forward and backwards, and between my knees, and for longer periods of time, as would happen for a trim or shoeing.
What are some tips for helping him learn to stand on his other three legs and hold his feet up for longer periods?
He's fairly sensitive, in the sense that ask him to move over or back with your hand, he moves right over. He's calm-minded, and he doesn't kick.