How do I stop him from kicking me? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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How do I stop him from kicking me?

My new horse I broke myself, and he has been doing great with no buck rear bite kick nothing at all! The past two weeks when we ride though, if I ask him to go faster he crowhops. That's no big deal to me as I know he will get used to me. But the main issue, is lately he's been trying to kick me! Today I went in his pasture and tried to jump on him (I do this all the time and just sit there) well when I got on he jumped up, so I got off gently, and then he tried to kick me multiple times! What's the deal? He's been into the kicking mood lately. What should I do to stop him? When I walk away, he keeps on backing up and trying. I'm not sure what to do..
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 01:48 PM
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You need to get some professional help from a reputable trainer in your area.

There are several ways to stop/correct the kicking, but I strongly suspect that the kicking is just an outward expression of a deeper training problem and I am hesitant to suggest any "fixes" for fear of you getting hurt...or worse.

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post #3 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 01:58 PM
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How old is your horse? I'd recommend getting another trainer involved as a second opinion- clear outside eyes see more than those that are too close and may be able to help show you the skills you will need to deal with it safely.
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 02:09 PM
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Are you certain that saddle fits? Assuming you use one. But, I second Smrobs.
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 02:17 PM
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Sounds like a lack of respect to me. I would get a trainer to help you to figure out where this lack is coming from and help you with ways to work through it. A professional will help you to find the holes in his training and give you ways to fix them.
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 02:33 PM
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For starters, take a buggy whip with you and smack him hard across his legs when he does that! And get a trainer
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 02:34 PM
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When a teen a big horse fired one at me and barely got my leg. It was purely reactionary but I booted him back immediately in the ribs. He half squatted and grunted at the same time and he knew I meant business. I was wearing leather boots so my kick was quite effective. I worked with that horse another two years and his manners were impeccable.
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post #8 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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He is still young, around 3, but always very very calm and mellow. That's why this shocked me. All his tack fits correctly too. I know it sounds strange, but there is really no trainers here. There are a couple but I would never use them. They call themselves "trainers" but really aren't. I have experience for over 13 years and my grandpa is an old rodeo/cowpoke person who trained many horses in the past, I'll have to ask him. I use natural horsemanship training/Clinton Anderson methods and so far everything has went great. I just wanted to see if anyone had input on ways to stop it. Thank y'all!
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 02:44 PM
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If he kicked at me, I'd make him move his feet and think it's the absolute end of the world. No way is kicking acceptable...ever. My draft cross gelding pawed at me the first time I tried to shave his bridle path and he clipped me in the thigh HARD. Made him back up so hard and fast that he nearly sat down. I also happened to have my crop with me, and he got smacked across the leg before his hoof was on the ground from pawing at me. Now he knows that pawing is COMPLETELY unacceptable in ANY circumstances and dire consequences will follow if he does it. Sounds like your boy needs a similar "cone to Jesus" meeting to straighten him out.
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post #10 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 05:06 PM
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I agree with the above. The mexican mustang used to be all about biting (still is) but has upgraded to kicking.

I was putting linament oil on him after a festival show (he jousts) with another lady and he got her square in the thigh. I went and took over. The second that horse attenpted to kick, I untied him, swung his ass around and gave him a good hard smack. I backed him up and ran him hard until I knew he got the idea.

He no longer kicks at me but goes after others instead who do not discipline him.
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