04-03-2010, 08:57 PM
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This is why you walk right next to the horse's butt when you walk behind them. Personally I keep a hand on them the entire way around. Then they know where I am and if they do get startled aren't as likely to kick knowing I'm right there. If by chance they do kick, I'm close enough to get pushed (hard, yes) but not nailed by a flying hoof.
And yes, if you are brushing his tail stand to one side.
Then again he might be wondering if you have a giant chainsaw hidden somewhere...