Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
He's being disrespectful and is running all over you. You need to assert yourself and be the leader. Right now, he is the leader. When my gelding was yong, he started t 'challenge' me and would kickout at me and ignore me, butafter I really got onto him and we had a few "come to jesus'' moments he became much better. An old horseman told me once that his view of it was "if it kicks you, kick it back, if it bites you, bite it back, if it steps on you, do something of equal pain to it". To this day, that's what I live by because not only does it make sense, but there's also no way a human is going to equal the force of a horsekick, bite, or their weight on your foot...
Sounds like you and this colt really need to have a serious 'talk' and get him to see it your way or no way. Is he gelded? If not, you may want to geld him, as that helps a lot in calming colts down.
I know that I, for one, won't and wouldn't stand for a horse kicking me... My own gelding did it a few times and each time he kicked at me, or even aimed a kick at me, I nailed him in the stomach with my foot. By the third day, he wasn't kicking at me anymore... You, as a human, aren't goin to equal the pain of a horsekick. Don't let him get away with it, period. Run him up and down a paddock, make him move backwards or away from yu and don't let him stop... take a whip with you and lay it to him when he tries to kick, but do not let him get away with it.
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