Horse aggression during round pen training
I'm doing some research into round pen horse training and aggression.
I am specifically interested to know if aggressive behaviours are common or rare in the average round pen session. Aggressive behaviours would include kicking out at you when you approach (not when you chase them away), laying ears back when you approach, charging, biting, rearing, pawing or striking, particularly when you approach or cue the horse to change direction or follow you.
Kicking out when you initially chase the horse away is more likely to be a defensive reaction (Waring 2003), but kicking when you come towards them are more likely be aggressive. If you've ever been chased out of the round pen am I particularly interested to hear of your experiences.
Thanks in advance!
Horses are blameless participants in training- its up to us to get it right