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post #1 of 85 Old 11-01-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Got kicked...badly.

Well, I knew this would happen eventually. I got kicked...hard, at close range right in the thigh. It was a direct hit, and ohhhhh it hurts. I haven't gone to the doctor yet, I'm pretty sure nothing is broken besides my pride.

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I was working with my 5yr old Reno in the round pen on direction changes. For the past few days I have been doing direction changes at a walk on the line and off. Well today she was doing awesome with off the lunge line direction changes so I decided to put the halter back on and start working with a trot.

Reno usually flicks her tail and acts annoyed when working but she has never really done anything like this.

So anyway I asked her to trot and she definitely didn't want to. I had to tap her with the stick several times to get her going. She put her ears back and flicked her tail and I could tell it aggravated her but that just sort of made me want to make her listen and respect me more. I asked for a direction change and she did it and started walking. I immediately tapped her with the stick the trot and she turned straight toward me so I tried so send her off to the side. I had to tap her several times with the stick again and as soon as she turned she turned her butt toward me an kicked me square in the thigh. Hard

I didn't fall down, but went back a few steps and came back up like I was going to kill her. I got her with the end of the stick once or twice and had her cantering around the pen with energy about 10 seconds or less after the kick. She still had her lead rope on and kept stepping on it but I just left it on for about 10 rounds because I wanted her to realize that I'm the boss and she doesn't kick me. I stopped her for a few seconds to take her halter off and send her off at a walk again, trying to get back to the direction changes but she pinned her ears and kinda kicked up her butt again so I ran her around for as long as I could, incorporating the direction changes, before I couldn't stand anymore because of the pain.

After she ran and I had some Advil, I desensitized her to the stick and string, did some walking and trotting direction changes on the lead along with some flexing and yielding the hindquarters.

Now, I can't walk.

I know this is totally my fault, but I'm wondering if my hands are full with this horse. I know that she is very well behaved most of the time but she seems to explode when I push her to think a little and she doesn't "get it" right away.

Maybe I'm not experienced enough for this....

I really don't have anything at all I'm good at. I'm bad at sports and music and dance or anything like that. The only thing I can really do is horses and it really discourages me when stuff like this happens.
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post #2 of 85 Old 11-01-2012, 10:40 PM
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I was double-barreled right below my buttcheeks once. Went flying and crumpled to the ground. I feel your pain. =[ Sending you healing vibes!!

As far as your horse, we all have those "god I was stupid" moments. Only you can decide if your horse is too much for you. Don't get too discouraged though. We all have bad days. *hugs*
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As I tend to have a somewhat warped sense of humor and can laugh at myself frequently.....I must say your leg looks really sore....but at the same time it looks like a big smile on your leg!!!! Just draw a circle and two eyes

But in all seriousness, just as well she didn't hit a bone, thankfully it was in the fleshy part of your thigh! I've been kicked behind both knees, the horse had a very good aim! Bullseyes behind each knee!!!
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post #4 of 85 Old 11-01-2012, 10:45 PM
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Ouchies, that's probly going to turn purple and hurt for a long time :(
I don't think she thinks of you as boss yet. If she is lead mare it may take some time.
Watch for sign of submission, ie, licking lips, droping her head to the ground, one ear on you. You did good! Try watching more videos on round penning and join up. Helps me if ever I get frustrated.
Keep your chin up and don't get discouraged, she is thinking of you as just another horse, right now and is fighting for her power.
Good luck!
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Put an ice pack on that and get off of it for a little while, prop leg up on a pillow.
Sounds to me like you did just great with her, you didn't back down or give up. Be proud of yourself for what you do. Anybody that rides a horse is going to hit the ground one day and anyone who works with a horse is going to get kicked stepped on or bit or knocked down at some point. It's what you do when it happens that matters, and I'd say you are good at what you do!
Now remember; ice,elevate and rest at least part of the day and if it looks or feels way worse then see a doctor. And give yourself a break, you're doing great.
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you reacted flawlessly, which made it a good learning experience for your horse. I morph into a screaming lunatic if a horse so much as thinks of kicking at me. Haven't been kicked badly ever though.
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Hugs. I know it stinks, but like Muppet said you're lucky it was where it was and not a bone...like a direct hit to the pubic bone. Yeah, that one smarted a bit
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Put an ice pack on that and get off of it for a little while, prop leg up on a pillow.
Sounds to me like you did just great with her, you didn't back down or give up. Be proud of yourself for what you do. Anybody that rides a horse is going to hit the ground one day and anyone who works with a horse is going to get kicked stepped on or bit or knocked down at some point. It's what you do when it happens that matters, and I'd say you are good at what you do!
Now remember; ice,elevate and rest at least part of the day and if it looks or feels way worse then see a doctor. And give yourself a break, you're doing great.
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Ouch that looks like it hurts, I seem to always get kicked in the joints. Hip, knee, wrist lol. Keep it elevated it will help the blood circulate and your immune system heal the damaged areas. Put ice on it and no heat as that increases circulation and will spread the inflammation which could also increase your swelling. I'm glad you stayed after her after being kicked. Sounds like more training is in order keep at it.

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Hugs. I know it stinks, but like Muppet said you're lucky it was where it was and not a bone...like a direct hit to the pubic bone. Yeah, that one smarted a bit
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Yikes!!! That horse must have been crafty!!!
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