Im proud of my baby girl, Charm and the fact that her training has gone so well. I have trained her from the ground up and she has never given me a huge problem (just stubborn sometimes like a true mare). She has become quite the automatic horse.
This fall I have done two 7hr trail rides away from home and I could point her at anything and she would do as told: bridges, river, cliffs, hills, anything. Sadly, she has one problem that has recently cropped up (might be trainer error as well). She kicks, badly. The first ride she tried to kick out once and I quickly reprimanded her with a loud noise and a smack on the shoulder.She didn't try again. The second ride she literally tried to kick out at any horse that was coming up behind her or trying to pass her. Id try everytime to catch it before anything happened and make her swing her hindquarters around, but then she would try to bite them. Everytime she pinned her ears I would do a loud noise and if she hadnt stopped, I would smack her on the shoulder. Being as I was leary from the last time just in case it wasnt a fluke I put a red ribbon in her tail this time to be safe. I know she was in heat the second time but that shouldn't be an excuse.
If anyone has any other advice to offer me, please do so. My trainer says I have the right idea and that this is a hard problem to cure of a horse. Any opinions? Thanks.