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.
Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment.
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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