I have a feeling he has no intentions to kick and is picking them up for you. Amish do not tolerate kicking, at all. I've seen Amish buggy horses tied up in the barn. Three to a 12x12 stall and many tied in the aisle way while others brought horses in and out of the stalls, not one horse even lifted a leg up.
One gelding they had was used in a presentation on trimming (on of their worse horses), and he picked the foot up as soon as you got to that shoulder/hip. I thought the horse was planning to kick as well, and he never did.
Both my mares (ST and Lucky) either pick it up when I get there or pick it up rather swiftly when I give a squeeze. One of the leasers thought Luck was going to kick for the first time, but she never did. Lucky has horrible arthritis in her hocks, and I have to go slow with her or she'll yank it back out of pain.
I'd suggest standing to the side and picking the foot up. The general horse will kick out as opposed to the side the first kick (as per my experience), so you'll have time to drop and dodge out of the way and beat his ass for it.
The Amish I know will beat a horse for kicking, and none of their seasoned horses will even think about kicking, in any situation.
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