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        04-19-2011, 04:30 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Well done Rick, it is difficult to stand your ground when a horse is running at you, but now he'll start to realise you aren't scared and should drop the act. If he's not already gelded, it may be an idea to get him done, a lot of hormones whizzing around his body won't help the situation.
         
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        04-19-2011, 05:10 PM
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    Originally Posted by EquineLover    
    I've heard (don't know whether it is true) that a horse will never run into you. I suppose this is mostly for charging in the paddock but I don't know. Stand with you arms outstretched and stand your ground.
    Not true. A horse will run into you if it's spooked enough or simply doesn't care. Most will generally try to avoid you, but sometimes they don't. That's where learning equine body language is huge.
    OP, is he gelded? 2 is very young and a tough age - do you have someone experienced to help you learn how to handle him?
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        04-19-2011, 06:57 PM
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    Rick, please understand that the horse could've turned around & kicked you, even though he stopped from "going through" you!

    So, please don't be in his enclosure without a 9-12' lead that you know how to defend yourself with, or a handy/carrot stick or some kind of whip that'll work! (It sounds like you were in with him with no equipment?)
         
        04-19-2011, 07:29 PM
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    Rick, please understand that the horse could've turned around & kicked you, even though he stopped from "going through" you!

    So, please don't be in his enclosure without a 9-12' lead that you know how to defend yourself with, or a handy/carrot stick or some kind of whip that'll work! (It sounds like you were in with him with no equipment?)
    I second this... My 7yo thoroughbred turned at me a few weeks ago and sent both hind legs flying my way, as luck would have it I happened to be holding onto a near empty haynet, so I swung it at his bum and got him with it... He hasn't done it again so far. (the haynet plus its string was longer than his hind legs and thankfully I wasn't directly behind him)

    He also tried to kick me one day while I picked up a rear hoof to pick it out, he got the handle of my pick right on the rump and hasn't done that again either. (Yes I smacked him with a hoofpick, but NOT with the actual pick part!! The handle is plastic and rubber.)

    ^I thank my father for getting me into speedway racing, that has taught me to get some pretty quick reflexes in all respects comes in handy with Mitch.
         

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