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        04-19-2011, 05:30 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, 06:10 PM
      #12
    Showing
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    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, 07:57 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?)
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        04-19-2011, 08:29 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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        05-25-2014, 12:49 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Do you have a round pen? Have you worked with him yet? What you need to do is first of all lunge him for respect (use a lunge line and a rope halter.) (Clinton Anderson one if you can get it). If he charges you while you are doing that you get him out of your space with the whip then work his butt off! See he will soon enough associate work with being naughty so whenever he acts up you work him. When lunging him you want him to turn to the inside and if he doesn't do it you stop him going the other way with your whip then make him go the other way.

    P.S. You don't want two heels you want two eyes
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        05-25-2014, 01:09 AM
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        05-25-2014, 08:38 AM
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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.
    That's BS dear. Some horses absolutely WILL knock you to the dirt and walk on you. Standing your ground if you don't know what you are doing and how to win that particular situation is a little bit insane. Because the problem is, you don't know WHICH horse will knock you down til it happens, unless you are VERY good at reading a horse's body language.
         
        05-25-2014, 01:49 PM
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    Green Broke
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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.

    False. They will usually try to avoid you if it is accident, but if they are coming at you from aggression or fear? They will run you down in a Georgia heartbeat.

    Do not ever bank on that.


    As for OP standing ground? While it worked somewhat, the fact that horse turned around may mean next thing is kicking you.

    Horse that has learned a lesson, so to speak, would have stopped facing you.

    You really need someone who is well versed in horse handling to help you.
         
        05-25-2014, 03:01 PM
      #19
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by RickDalton10    
    IT WORKED! I dropped by Simba's stable this morning to feed him and as I was leaving he charged at me and I stood my ground, I wasn't sure what he was going to do but he stopped a couple of feet away from me and turned around!
    You are brave! Glad it worked. Good luck!
         

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