Not sure if this should go in problem or training section. Anyway, I am having trouble picking up my new mare's feet. I have had her for around 3 - 4 weeks, she was somewhat of a rescue case. We dont know anything for sure about her, but the rumors around the traps is that she was abused. A lot of trust issues with this horse, but she is overcoming them and is very smart, learning very quickly. She is bad with her feet though. She hasnt been trimmed in over 2 yrs and as a result they are a bit long, flared and multiple vertical cracks. She is not violent with the feet, but she simply walks away when I lift them. Dont get me wrong, we have made some progress. Three weeks ago I couldnt even touch her shoulder. Now I can hold each front foot up for 4 seconds. I managed this using the towel method. We made steady progress from 1 second, 2 seconds etc. but seem to have stalled at 4 seconds. No further progress has been made and she refuses to stand still long enough for any work to be done on her feet. I guess I am not quite sure how to correct this. Is it just a confidence/trust issue and I should keep persevering and eventually she will let me? To be honest I have a feeling she is not scared of it anymore and just doing it because she can. Not knowing her history I dont know if she has been taught to tie up, I havent taught her, not sure if this is something I should be doing and then trying to teach the feet while she is tied? I know some people will lunge them in a circle if they dont stand still, to make them realise it is better to stand still for the foot trim. Tough love. I am not sure if this might be too heavy handed for her, she absolutely loses the plot if you dont take a very very gentle hand with her. Is it worth trying this method? or stick to what we are already doing to avoid confusing her. She absolutely will not let anyone apart from me touch her legs/feet - she had a meltdown the other day when we tried this, with my friend picking up the feet and me holding her. One more thing I did think of - is it possible that because the feet are so cracked it actually hurts her to have all her weight shifted to one foot while I hold the other? She doesnt appear lame but I am not good at picking subtle signs of pain in horses. Realistically how long would you expect this process to take? When do I bite the bullet and get her sedated and just have them done? Any and all thoughts would be welcome. I guess I am just anxious about the state of the feet and had hoped by now we would have at least done an initial trim.