Originally Posted by WSArabians
Safety wise, you should stand to the side of your horse to ensure that you won't get kicked quite as easy - don't forget that it's not impossible to get kicked standing at the side either - Horses have amazing aim.
Heh.Very true. The only time my boy's caught me was a cow kick, one of those side-winders.
I stand behind Hoover when I brush his tail, fairly close so he can't really haul off and get me...it's more of a shove then. Hoover does tend to warn before he kicks, however, so I usually have time to correct him or avoid it. I hold it about half way down, and work on small sections. I add more hair to the small section until the tail is done, then work the whole tail. I use a pin brush, but generally only brush his tail if he's just had a bath or is very tangly.