Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Wow, so glad you were not seriously injured. I can tell you right now what his problem is, he is sore from the trailer ride over to the farrier. Many slants aren't big enough to accommodate large horse's in one compartment. The horse will load & ride ok in it a time or two, then they start having problems because they know the discomfort associated with going in the trailer. It's as simple as that. When you hauled him in a stock, he was fine, then you stuffed him in a too small compartment, he hurt, he told you and you ignored him so he told you again with a kick. I don't know how you dealt with that, but he needs to know a kick at a human is never an acceptable behavior. As Cherie says he is a product of your training, the good & the bad. Horses are pretty honest in their behavior. So you have a few choices here, give him some pain meds, an open stock trailer or a slant with the gate removed so he has enough room and retrain him to load properly OR never haul him again OR end his life humanely. Taking him to an auction will only eat inside of you later on if you have kind of connection with this animal. Good luck with your decision.
Posted via Mobile Device