Originally Posted by Cherie
I can't believe we are trying to justify a horse kicking someone. We are blaming his pain -- never an excuse. We are blaming the size of the trailer -- never an excuse. We are blaming the loading method -- never an excuse.
We all need to sit back and look at the problem(s).
1) Horse had never loaded well. This needed to be fixed years ago.
2) Horse is disrespectful or he would not have kicked -- pain or not.
3) Everyone seems to have a lot of problems with the difference between a reason and using it for an excuse.
Don't get me wrong. This absolutely is an unforgiveable act of disrespect that needed to have been taken care of immediately. The first time it showed. But if she won't lunge the horse to get him in the trailer and can't think of any other ways to make this horse get in this trailer, won't use some sort of positive reinforcement skill (like targetting)- then I'm seeing very few options as for how to get a horse on a trailer, besides getting a bigger one.
Like I said in my follow up - I have a number of very broken rescues and no matter what sort of pain they're in disrespect is never allowed and is always dealt with. Especially something as potentially devastating as a kick!