Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Why was it unexpected? If you let her buck and kick on the lunge she will buck and kick on a lead rope. She doesn't know the difference. The next time it could be your head. Be carefull and think things through before you do them.
My horse bucks on the lunge line. And when I'm free lunging. But never has she ever even tried to buck when I was leading her or riding her, so saying that if you let something happen on the lunge line, it will happen on a lead rope isn't true for every horse, and they can definitely learn the difference.
To the OP, I'm glad you weren't hurt. Horses can be such little buggers sometimes, huh? The first and only time I've ever been kicked, I was walking up to a big QH gelding in the pasture to hook up a leg strap that had come lose. I came at him from the front, so he definitely knew I was there, but as soon as I got that strap in my hand, he spun around and cow-kicked me right below my butt and continued to prance around with his buddy. I, on the other hand, dropped like a sack of potatoes and had to have my friends half-carry me back to the barn. Two hours later, I still took my riding lesson, bruised butt and all. =]