Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
What happens when you do tight circles on the ground? Jynxy had a brief moment where she thought maybe kicking me would be a fun idea, and was very sly about it. When I deal with horses like this, I prefer going to the root of the problem - when I walk up to you, don't you EVER turn your rear end to me. I stand directly at their side, facing over their back to put me in a completely "non-kickable" place. I hold their nose into my elbow, and I hold a whip in my free hand at their hindquarters. They are then tapped with increasing pressure until they yield their hindquarters to me by circling me. If you stay right on their side and don't allow them to get you in a bad position, they're stuck circling you as the only way to get away from the pressure - hence always moving their hindquarters away from both the pressure AND you.
Jynx is now to the point where all I do is tip her nose to me and she will immediately shift her entire body over and around me. It's extremely handy for thing like going into the pasture - she's become accustomed to keeping her head WITH me and moving the rest of her body out of my space and where it needs to go.
Using this method, I would for example, hold the leadrope in one hand and your whip in the other. Using your whip hand (hopefully the individual can accurately handled a whip while doing other tasks, it's relatively simple to learn), pet or brush her on the hindquarters. The moment she swings her hind end into you in an attempt to kick, immediately crank that head to your elbow and WHACK her on the rump with your whip. Her only choice of moving forward is to swing her hind end back away from you. I also loudly accompany this discipline with the word "QUIT".
In close situations like this, I greatly perfect using a crop with a LOUD popper on the end. The shorter it is, the better the pop that you give her us as using a Dressage whip or lunge whip in close quarters prevents you from actually building an adequete momentum. And the louder the noise and fuss you can make, the more prone she is going to be to actually pay attention to you.
If she's ignoring the physical side of pressure, try using scary pressure - a very loud, obnoxious and crinkly bag on the end of your whip for example, especially for lunging situations.
Hope you work something out.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.