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    12-23-2012, 07:07 AM
  #11
Weanling
My old guy injured himself around his tail once and I had to clean it and vaseline it daily to prevent infection. He didn't like it in the least, yet he never so much as offered to kick. He dealt with it.

Even my young one, that was quite shy and nervous about having her hind end messed with I can touch all over and braid her tail no problem. I have had her a lot less than 6 years (she's 2 1/2). Even when she was still nervous about it, she never offered to kick, just moved away.

Your horse should NEVER offer to kick! What if, like with my old man, you need to tend to a wound? Will he kick you and put you in the hospital or will you back off and let the wound get infected? Hopefully you won't have to do that, but the point being, your horse should let you do what you want without so much as offering to kick. That being said, I strongly suggest you find a trainer. There might not be any big name trainers, but that doesn't mean there aren't any. I found a trainer that is willing to come to me. It's a little pricier than regular, but I have no trailer currently. Go to your tack/feed store, shows, ask around about trainers. Maybe there isn't one just around the area, but one a little further. Kicking is a very dangerous habit. He can break bones. Especially if wearing shoes. Therefore I say you need someone that knows what they're doing and his dealt with this problem successfully before to help you. For your own safety. You may be able to pm some members here that live in your area and ask them for suggestions on trainers. Good luck.
     
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    12-23-2012, 07:53 AM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by isiwizzy675    
You have to know and I mean really know Troy to understand his problems. When he was a foal, some gypsies camped near his field and handled him and his colt friend Oliver very roughly. He is seven and I have had him six years. He has a mixture of numerous breeds in him, including TB, Arab, Irish Draught and some other native types. He can be handled, just HATES people he hasn't had time with. Me and him, we go back a long way. I have used a twitch on him before and he hates it.
Like others have asked, why does he need that done to his tail? 6 years is a long time to not deal with this bad habit. Just because he was mishandled his first year, that doesn't give him any right to misbehave. You haven't given him strict boundaries, so he is giving you a boundary and that is his hind end.

It would be best to get someone in person to give you a hand in dealing with it. Just like any other desensitizing, start with where they are comfortable and work to get the uncomfortable spot, comfortable. What desensitizing have you done with him?
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    12-23-2012, 01:49 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Kiara    
My old guy injured himself around his tail once and I had to clean it and vaseline it daily to prevent infection. He didn't like it in the least, yet he never so much as offered to kick. He dealt with it.
yep I've had Reeco with an acid burn under his tail, he got the squits one night and because he has a pink doc by the next morning he had a weeping burn fron the urine.

Poor pony had to have sudocreme put under it twice a day.
     
    12-23-2012, 02:41 PM
  #14
Weanling
Quick fix? Tie his face to his back legs. I mean take a long lead or some rope and tie his halter to his back legs, he offers a kick he ends up knocking himself over or yanking his head down. Not so quick fix, ground work and teach him some manners. If you are the only one he's ok with you need to socialize him more and make him see people aren't bad. He doesn't remember why he's afraid of people, he just knows they are scary and you are allowing it to happen so do some work or get someone to help and fix his behavior before you or someone else gets hurt.
     
    12-23-2012, 02:49 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Kickers are a pain in the patooty. Every time he kicks smack him with a crop . I have an onery antique horse (32) that bites, kicks all the time. He hates to be messed with and doctored . He gets worse with each year. He is old cranky and all that goes with it.
If your horse hates having his tail messed with, does he have some sort of damage done to his tail ? I would not tie his head to his face unless you really know what you are doing, he could hurt you and kill himself, or break his neck and lay there crippled. Start from the ground, use a crop, round pen , he kicks off he goes in a circle . Do this until he behaves. Be safe.
     
    12-23-2012, 03:59 PM
  #16
Banned
My brother Norton riding Troy

     
    12-23-2012, 04:00 PM
  #17
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    12-23-2012, 04:03 PM
  #18
Weanling
I have been horrified by some of the things I have read in this thread. Please don't ever 'hit' your horse or tie him down as some have described. You should never, ever use a twitch either. You are asking for a whole lot of trouble and horses never, ever forget the bad things done to them. You will ruin the relationship with your horse forever if you scare him half to death with tying or you deliberately hurt him. Best advice is to get someone who knows what they are doing and teach you how to handle your horse properly. If, at the end of the day you still can't handle your horse after 6 years, it may be best for both of you to part company and let someone else take him on . You can always get another horse and start again.
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    12-23-2012, 04:05 PM
  #19
Weanling
That is dangerous advice Bloobabe and something I could never, ever condone. I really hope you don't do this to any of your horses.
     
    12-23-2012, 04:07 PM
  #20
Banned
Caught him doing this yesterday
     

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