Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
get a vet check done, check for ulcers and back pain, then get the chiropractor out to do an adjustment. Sounds like a clear case of back pain.
Agree that you need to forget about the possibility of her being beaten.
After that, yes she needs to be tuned in. Kicking is not acceptable, EVER. I had a major session with a thoroughbred mare this winter that had a hock injury we were treating. The injury needed, due to the location, to be rinsed, salve applied and bandaged(at vets instructions) for the night. She decided that it hurt, so she was going to kick me. Well, she had a wake up call coming. By the time we were done that day she stood perfectly and let me do whatever I needed to get her wound tended to. It healed well, and she is now a nice little hunter jumper. Moral of the story: kicking, biting, striking, shoving and other behaviours that can lead to human injury are never, EVER allowed.