Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
You will never find a horse that doesn't test you. Period.
Also, I don't care if he wasn't trying to hurt you. 99% of the time, a horse is not trying to hurt you, but to put it bluntly, he could kill you if he so chose. They kick at each other all the time, and they are friends in the pasture. What you have to make him realize is that when he kicks at you, you are going to KILL HIM!
Honestly there are a few behaviors I do NOT tolerate, 1 is kicking.I quite literally have kicked my horse in the flank because he threw his foot at me. He was shocked. And he immediately turned and looked at me like "WTF?!" He VERY quickly understood, you kick=I retaliate and scare the crap out of you.
Now keep this in mind: I did not hurt my horse, but I made him THINK I was going to hurt him. I look at it like this: He started it, I finished it.
The eating thing while leading is also a disrespect issue. In most cases (unless it is a dangerous behavior) you correct it using the 3 ask method.
1st time: Light reprimand. (Swing rope, verbal cue, slight tap)
2nd time: Medium (tap with a crop, a strong verbal cue, or a stronger tap)
3rd time: All hell breaks loose. You are no longer asking nicely. Make that horse MOVE!
If it is a dangerous behavior, I skip straight to the 3rd one. Why? Simple, I do not want to get hurt, and I sure as hell don't wanna have it happen again.
** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **