Originally Posted by DressageIsToDance
I'm sure some people would think I was a horrible, abusive person, but I guarantee that bucket on his butt hurt him a lot less than the lameness he had started showing from kicking the wall so hard.
I don't think you are a horrible person at all. Horses speak in a very physical way...they understand being spoken too in a physical way. If a horse acts out like this it is saying "back away this is my food do not come near I will hurt you" when you counter act that with a bucket, whip ect...you are saying "you do not bully me and I am boss knock that crap out I won't tolerate it" they hear that. If you stand there and say "stop it, stop it" you sound like charlie browns teacher to them...waaah waaa waaahhhh...might as well recite Shakespeare to him cause he couldn't care less. If this horse has done this ALOT it could just be a vice now I would counteract it within 3 seconds with an adverse effect...a little smack to the rearend as soon as it does it from a safe distance where you are'nt in direct firing range. And again you could take her out, pour out the food, drive her away, make her wait, and when she is being submissive allow her to come in as you move out slowly...IF she kicks out one little time...chase her rear end out there like all hell is breaking loose and let her come back in when she is respectful...repeat until it clicks she is not going to eat unless she is respectful. Kicking is to **** dangerous to muck around with.