Sorry to say that I'm actually witty on my warm ups(which is apperantly a habit some others should learn)
I am whitty in my warm ups, I get the best warm up for my horse and sod what the rest of them are doing.
No horse has perfect manners..hate to tell you this. Even your top dressage horses have bad traits.
I know no horse is perfect but some are pretty **** close, infact over here in show hack classes manners and schooling is everything. At windsor this year they had them doing shows 4 at a time and the judge rode the horse, so you have to have drilled manners into thier heads.
Plus if you make the effort to take your welll trained horse around a badly trained one that earns you more credit in the judges eyes.
On what planet, the judge doesnt care that you are near a badly trained horse, infact they are more likely to be keeping an eye on the badly mannered one so that it hoefully doesnt kill someone.
Oh and if you get near one then you'd best hope that it doesnt unsettle your horse
I've been on the recieving end of a kick too, but seen as I respect other horses space (no matter how crowded) I was able to avoid serious injury to myself or my horse.
Are you saying that the injury to my horse was my fault? How the hell are you supposed to avoid a kicker who has no ribbon, comes racing up behind you (so even if he had a ribbon you couldnt see it), tries to overtake on the inside, gets too close and lashes out at my horse. I was next to the fence with nowhere to go, and actualy going by school rules I had right of way as I was doing some latteral work at the time.
Plain and simple if you have a kicker,avoid others and but a ribbon on. Work on it at home. .
I would put work on it at home well before even attempting to take the horse out. My youngster doesnt kick inhand but I will be testing him ridden before he ever goes to a show. I will be taking him to group riding lessons where everyone is well aware he is young and an unknown quantity and I will be letting them get too close, letting people ride up his bum untill I know how he would react in a strange place with strange horses, without me in sight.
If he kicks he wont be going anywhere untill we have sorted it, however I sincerely doubt he will kick since his reaction to scarey things tends to be "run away fast"