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post #11 of 18 Old 09-01-2012, 09:08 PM
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Unless you truly startled him - and considering that it was a bath and he was already pushing at you - I think you were too nice. Kicking is A Very Serious Offense (yes, with caps!) to me and "backing up" is not a big enough punishment for something that could have caused you a trip to the hospital or dead.

I think more groundwork is definitely in order and more respect on his part. If you are working with him, his attention should be ON YOU. Where you are, where you're going, what you're doing should be his focus (That's an ideal there, I know no horse is perfect and mine certainly isn't totally there, so don't feel judged.)

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post #12 of 18 Old 09-01-2012, 09:14 PM
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Excellent advice, Cherie - once in awhile I'll catch a little 'disrespect' from my sweet, but willful (at times) QH - must be addressed right away, because as we know they'll never forget when they've "gotten away with it" :)
totally agree backing up was an excellent way to start but I agree also I would have done more! Absolutely, I realize a tad of testing respect especially with the girls, sometimes... but its exactly what happens in the herd...they just need reminders who is the lead mare...me! But Cherie hit it exactly if you miss the more subtle disrespect...it will become more obvious.
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post #13 of 18 Old 09-01-2012, 09:59 PM
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YOu can get after him , even in pain. Not back him or move his shoulder/hindend, but you can yell loudly and flail around a bit. Enough to kind of "shock" him and scare him. He would realize he'd pushed the wrong horse.
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YOu can get after him , even in pain. Not back him or move his shoulder/hindend, but you can yell loudly and flail around a bit. Enough to kind of "shock" him and scare him. He would realize he'd pushed the wrong horse.
I laughed at this. I'll keep that in mind next time I'm in pain.

Thank you everyone for your advice. I'll keep it in mind...
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post #15 of 18 Old 09-01-2012, 10:04 PM
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I so agree with Tiny. On the few times I've been kicked, I scream and flail for 3 seconds, get into their space, make them move, and if I can connect with horseflesh with my hand/elbow/knee or toe, I will (never in face, eyes, ears or other vulnerable areas, though). I want to leave the distinct impression that their life may be about to end. Then it's over. And, we move on to repeat the activity that caused them to be disrespectful in the first place, e.g. Bathing or whatever.
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BB -- Do me a favor -- Call your Doctor and ask if you should be given a blood thinner or ???. I think you were very lucky. BUT, I have known 3 or 4 people that nearly died from getting kicked and getting big bruises on their thighs. These injuries are often overlooked and blood clots develop. These blood clots can then go to a person's lungs or brain and cause devastating complications.

A friend of mine was kicked by a baby colt on her mid thigh trying to get a halter on it at weaning time. One week later she was flown to Denver, fighting for her life after a blood clot went to her brain.

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I so agree with Tiny. On the few times I've been kicked, I scream and flail for 3 seconds, get into their space, make them move, and if I can connect with horseflesh with my hand/elbow/knee or toe, I will (never in face, eyes, ears or other vulnerable areas, though). I want to leave the distinct impression that their life may be about to end. Then it's over. And, we move on to repeat the activity that caused them to be disrespectful in the first place, e.g. Bathing or whatever.

Was it John Lyons who said "after they've committed a violent offense, you have 3 seconds to make them think they're going to die? But don't touch their face, remember, you want to kill them not blind them! After that go on like nothing happened" I always remember that quote but not who said it xD
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post #18 of 18 Old 09-02-2012, 03:08 AM
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I have only been kicked at once and had the same horse tried to bite.

I dealt with the attempt at a kick and it was a double barrell, she missed, I did not. I laid the stick I had in hand hard across her hind legs. She never tried that again and she had a very surprised look on her face.

The same horse tried to bite me, she lunged forward teeth bared and missed again I did not and gave her a bunch of fives right on the end of her snout. She never did that again.

Sound cruel, it is not, in the herd it would have been dealt with in the same manner. I do not advicate hitting a horse but some times force is required to deal with force, provided it is an instant responce

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