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        08-14-2011, 01:02 PM
      #11
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Doe    
    You leave the lead on while they are grazing free? Why is that out of interest?
    A long lead makes it easier to catch an errant horse then trying to reach for a fly mask or halter. In my case, the field I let them out in is my hay field - they are never with a halter in the pasture. There are no machines, trees, or anything else that they can catch that rope on plus they are always in sight.
         
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        08-14-2011, 01:04 PM
      #12
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    I think the only thing I would have done was not necesarlily taken her to the round pen but worked her right there! I would have moved her around the pasture and if she so much as cocked an ear back or turned her hind toward me , I'd snake that rope out and "bite" her with it, keeping you out of kicking range.
    I agree with this! Working in the round pen and then tying up for two hours may have given you a feeling of revenge, but it didn't teach her anything.

    When I first turned Bert out we had the wonderful problem of the fact that I couldn't catch her, and that she was so used to being dominant if I did get close to her she would try and barge at me or turn her butt and kick.

    I ended up carrying a lunge whip with me, and believe me there is little more frustrating in this world than trying to walk down a horse, only to have it come at you when you get close enough, and have to chase it away from you

    We got through it in the end, but it took a lot of time, and I walked a lot of miles.
         
        08-14-2011, 03:29 PM
      #13
    Banned
    Um, she's a horse. She's not "evil," and you don't have a great "bond," either. She responded the way a horse would respond in that situation (to being chased). Familiarize yourself more with horse behavior and you'll see that, while she shouldn't have done that, you set yourself up to be kicked.
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        08-14-2011, 03:31 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Thank you,EVERYONE!

    I emailed my trainer from Three Gaits. She told me to use carrots and a whip.If she turns her rear to me than whack her.If she faces me give her a carrot. I think this will work with her. I'm going to try it.
    I shouldn't have taken her to the round pen and work her. I was told to do that a long time ago and to do tie-ups...I guess it's the cowboy way..not sure. It was also revenge as I was so upset. I cried for an hour off and on as I was shocked. I was blinded by the warning signs and ended up in kicking range. I trusted her waaaay too much and forgot that horses are dangerous. Now I have officially learned my lesson.

    I love my horse and I don't want to sell her due to the fact that I have a bond with the monster(saying that in a loving way) and if I sold her people could get hurt as Gidget does have a nasty attitude but she has come a long ways when I first got her. She was absolutely horrible. Also she colics and no one would like to own a colicy horse. Atleast no one I know.

    Oh,before I forget. I also think I might keep a rope halter on her with a lead. I have done this as she is easier to catch and I am always there watching her. Should I still let her out to the grass is greener on the other side? Or stop?
         
        08-14-2011, 03:37 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by bubba13    
    Um, she's a horse. She's not "evil," and you don't have a great "bond," either. She responded the way a horse would respond in that situation (to being chased). Familiarize yourself more with horse behavior and you'll see that, while she shouldn't have done that, you set yourself up to be kicked.

    Please be nice and considerate of what happened.I am still shocked that it happened.. I know my horse is not "evil". I said it more as a joke. I was blinded by everything at that moment. I was determined and I ended up getting hurt. Now I have to teach her that it isn't acceptable and I will be more concious of the warning signs for now on.

    I am trying not too look for sympathy but am shocked as Gidget has never been considered a kicker.I'm just looking for help and information as this is the first time I've been officially kicked.
         
        08-14-2011, 03:42 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gidget    
    Should I still let her out to the grass is greener on
    The other side? Or stop?
    Don't let this incident change what you want to do for her...you're the boss and if you want to let her out, let her out. Your horse must adjust to you e.g. Not kicking, not the other way around.
         
        08-14-2011, 03:42 PM
      #17
    Doe
    Weanling
    Not knocking anyone else, each owner gauges their own unique circumstances and risk. However I would not recommend leaving a rope on in general and especially not with a rope halter (immense pressure needed to break on) I don't even leave a halter on a horse. It's easy for them to get it trapped and horses do break necks that way on occasion. If a horse is difficult to catch them that tells me something and I work on the problem rather than around it.
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        08-14-2011, 03:42 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gidget    
    I am trying not too look for sympathy but am shocked as Gidget has never been considered a kicker.I'm just looking for help and information as this is the first time I've been officially kicked.
    Well congratulations on your first official kick, now the trick is not to get the second one. I'm glad that you didn't get badly hurt, but getting hurt is often our best wake up call, and is the most effective way of teaching us a lesson.!
         
        08-14-2011, 04:32 PM
      #19
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    I appreciate this thread becuase it reminds me to not be so complacent. I have never really been kicked (only once got kicked when aboard a horse that was the target of another horse and my leg got in the way).

    So, it reminds me to be more careful and less trusting. Mac has NEVER kicked but other good horses might.

    I , too, will allow Mac to graze for short periods of time in our greenest paddock. I call it the "green room" (after television's green rooms). I leave his halter on and the lead and allow him to roam and eat the lush grass for about 15 minutes. I am sitting nearby . There are things he could hook onto , that's why I stay nearby. He knows how to release himself if he steps on the lead and I make sure the rope halter is properly fitted so that the rope does NOT hang down on the portion of the nose that is cartilage. I would never do this leaving him unattended. He is unhaltered in his pasture.
         
        08-14-2011, 04:50 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    I have DEFIENTLY learned my lesson. I'm was relieved when I wiggled my leg on the ground. I always lay there for awhile if I take a fall or something just to make sure I didn't break anything.

    I talked to my mom this morning and told her I decided not to sell her and won't let the idea cross my mind again.

    I will make sure to do some ground work with her and not treat her like a big dog. All animals are dangerous.
         

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