06-01-2013, 10:08 PM
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I hope your dad is ok.
A horse that kicks out at another horse doesn't always have a lack of respect for humans. If the horse deliberately kicked out at you or your dad, then yes, definitely.
You have to take this as a learning experience. Now you know that this horse will kick out. Your dad was in the wrong place at the wrong time. You and him need to pay more attention to that horse's expression or warning signs, like pinning ears and tail swishing. I would bet she was doing both before she kicked.
We have one horse that if you push too hard for his liking, he does have a tendency to kick out. You just have to watch his reaction. Sometimes you just don't know that a horse will kick out until it happens.
There have been many times that I've lead a horse into a pasture with several horses standing at the gate, mares and geldings together. There was always one horse that didn't like the horse coming in. You just have to learn to and how to shoo the other horses away from the gate as you enter. Pay attention to your surroundings and keep the others at a safe distance away.
Instead of leading both horses in at once, take one in at a time. Use the end of the lead rope to swing in a circle to keep the others away, or use a training stick or whip.
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