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post #1 of 30 Old 06-01-2013, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Help! Horse kicked And got my dad in the leg

So we have a Pepisan mare along with our collection of horses.we usually split the heard up to eat all the grass around our property. When my father and I were bringing my two horses back to the main pen she was waiting at the gate for us. We got in and proceeded to walk them to the corrals. The Mae came around in front of my dad which he was leading the gelding and my other mare, then when she proceeded to kick my gelding she got my dad instead. Moral of the story what do I do???? I have her tied with her head n inch at from the post. What else is there that I can do???
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post #2 of 30 Old 06-01-2013, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Oh also this is a horse who has been riden many many many many times before ! She just seems to have a snotty attitude, it's like if she knew you were besides her she wouldn't care if she were to kick you
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Get some respect instilled in her, ASAP. Groundwork where you send her away, and hard, every time she gives you attitude would help. But any time you're leading horses past horses at liberty, you need to be aware of what's coming. I got kicked in the face when I was nine, and since then, I've been vigilant about that.
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^agreed a million %

That horse lacks respect and manners!
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post #5 of 30 Old 06-01-2013, 08:25 PM
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You shouldve nailed the crap out of her right there, I dont care if it was an accident or not, MAKE her respect you.
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Please see that the horse wasn't "snotty" or mean to your dad; the horse can't be those things because it can only be a horse. Horses work out their places in the herd hierarchy all day long, & none of them are accusing each other of being disrespectful. The better word for a mare like that is "dominant" or "alpha", & that's the way the Lord made her.

If we don't toss human value judgments relative to horses, we'll never learn to think like they do, which means that we won't be good horsemen.
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post #7 of 30 Old 06-01-2013, 09:08 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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post #8 of 30 Old 06-01-2013, 09:15 PM
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Hope your dad is doing ok now.

This is a classic case of operator error I'm afraid. One must always be aware of what's going on when they're in amongst horses. In saying this though I'm not sure if your dad had both of them on a leads and was leading them together or if the mare was loose and he had the gelding...or if you had the mare etc etc etc. either way, like any 'accident' it's unfortunate but we can usually find fault in ourselves and can look back in hindsight and figure out what could've been done to prevent it. Sometimes we can 'fall asleep' around horses we are familiar and comfortable with ....that is when they usually catch us off guard and we get hurt.
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I'm a little bit confused. I want to make sure I'm reading this right. Your dad was leading the gelding and you were leading the mare? Or was the mare loose? If you were leading the mare then a couple things happened, one, your dad was following way to close. Another thing, You could have spun her away from him as she attempted to kick if you were able to read her intentions.

The respect thing that people have mentioned is definitely a big thing. While it doesn't sound like she was aiming at your dad, she knew he was there and should have known better than to kick towards a human.

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post #10 of 30 Old 06-01-2013, 09:25 PM
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The kicker was waiting at the gate when OP and dad led 2 horses in.
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