Originally Posted by Northern
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.