This irks me so much. I am more pissed than I am in pain.
I was giving a horse a bath and he was swinging his butt towards me so I tapped him to push him back over.
Guess what he did? He kicked me.
After I got over the pain, I untied him and made him back up... a lot.
I think this would be the proper thing to do. Considering if a lower horse dared to kick out at the lead horse, it would be punished tenfold.
We've had him for at least 3 years now and this is the first time he has ever kicked out. So I know it isn't a respect issue.
I suppose I just startled him and he wasn't paying attention. He should of been fully aware I was there since I was standing off to the side so that he wouldn't kick me and I was running water over him.
It's probably mostly my fault...