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post #1 of 3 Old 05-15-2011, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Get rid of kicking habit? :\

Well, Dude is lame and for some reason I don't think he's going to be able to show the next 2-3 months and I just don't have the money to lease a lame horse..So, I might end up leasing Lucky.
Now, someone may remember my other post that was inspired by her, but not pertaining to her as I had nothing to do with her riding wise. But now, it's pertaining to her, sadly.. :\

She's an avid kicker, I like to think that it's a hobby for her.. :\
She kicks at gates at shows (have to get off and walk her out or she won't want to go in the next class).
She kicks at anything and everything on trails.
She kicks at horses, regardless of if she knows them or not, or where she is.

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She's perfectly fine with ground work from what I've done with her thus far.
She respects just about any human willing to not let her walk over them. (Just from that feeling, ya know? How confident "herd leaders" don't show that they're scared or nervous?)
She doesn't kick at all.

Now, I won't lie, I have fun on a horse that isn't so..sane, but it gets to a point where I just wanna knock 'em one, ya know? So, if I lease her instead of Dude (which means his training went down the drain, and I paid to put training on a horse I'm not even going to ride...), I would like to know some things I could possibly do to get her to not want to kick.

Now, she is lead mare in her herd (and all the horses at the barn when they're in together), if that comes into play? I haven't had much experience with kicking horses, only rearing, bolting, bucking, etc. If I did, I wouldn't be asking this question. :p

Anywho, does anyone have any suggestions for me to try with her? I'm an advanced intermediate rider, if you'd like to know. I can't bring in a trainer, nor will the BO/owner/barn trainer work with her on it.


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post #2 of 3 Old 05-15-2011, 04:53 PM
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What's wrong with Dude? Has the vet been out? Perhaps(I hope) it isn't as bad as you think and he will only be out for a few weeks.
By asking around, you may be able to find a horse other than Lucky to lease.

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-15-2011, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Well, there's something sore in Dude's front right hoof/leg/shoulder. BO is almost positive he just sprained it since there isn't any heat or swelling (checked myself), and he had gone lame about a month and a half beforehand. I left him for a week or two and he was fine, and now he's lame again. I just don't want to have to deal with him going lame every few weeks because I do more than walk around on him..
He's been lame since..sunday, I'm pretty sure that's the day he was put on stall rest. And he was perfectly fine the day before when I rode him. :\ And we didn't do anything strenuous or too out of the ordinary.

And, I only have $100 for lease a month. The horses at the barn I'm currently at are $100 a month, and if I got a free lease from someone else I'd be paying $240 a month for board, plus vet/farrier/etc.

I don't have a huge issue with Lucky aside from her kicking, plus she actually wins at shows and I can win some of my money back. With Dude I wouldn't be able to do that, because he just doesn't have the speed and turns for it. I'll still be able to groom Dude and do that with him (we're all close at the barn I'm it's not an issue), which I think I would be able to deal with.

So..It's not so much that I don't want to lease her because of it, I just want some different ideas on things that could help with her kicking.

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