I love my boy, but he is such a thick headed dweeb! He managed to injure BOTH front legs and had a few weeks off. I washed his legs and treated them, but didn't have much time for him (trainer had me riding 2+ horses) On Monday he was finally sound and totally back to his old horrible manners. Monday it was understandable, Wednesday it was getting old, today I was SICK of it.
After correcting again and again, he crossed a line. I was cleaning under his bell boots, leaning in front of him a bit when he decided his leg itched and WHACKED me in the face with his knee. I think I have a bruise. I hauled back and slapped him across the chest and growled back UP, back Up, BACK UP! Wacking him untill he hit the end of the cross ties. I then went from side to side growling move OVER on each side, then backing, then spins on haunches, etc. and getting after him hard when he didn't listen
Strangely enough, after that he remembered he does have manners. Not a single more nip, head butt, pawing, refusing to pick up foot, then picking it up when I don't want it, running in to me, knocking into me, ignoring me...
Before you say it's abuse, look at it this way. He's a 1500lb, 16.3 hand thick skulled animal. I'm 95lbs. He's a horse who you can correct untill you are blue in the face, but one good "discussion" and it gets through.
Yes, this adorable (and muddy) face is the culprit!