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post #11 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 08:15 PM
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Of course this is totally a respect issue.

He should think that he is lucky to be alive after trying to kick anyone. He should think he is going to die.

I am more disturbed by the fact that you think so little of your safety that you climb on him out in the pasture with nothing on him. You only have to have him act up once or twice and you get off as a result and you have TAUGHT him to misbehave. He wins if he misbehaves.

You should be serious, halter him and treat him like a trainer would or will will have him so spoiled that no trainer can get him back to where he should be.

And crow-hopping when you ask him to move forward? Yes! It IS a big deal. It is just another sign of complete disrespect. If you do not get him respectful and moving when you ask -- both on the ground and on his back -- he will end up irreparably spoiled and could hurt you badly.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 10:18 PM
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If this is happening out in the pasture where you are just hopping on him I would suggest you take a buggy whip/training stick out with you and as soon as he backs or makes a move to kick at you I would chase after him slapping behind him and if he is close than on the butt! He needs to respect you whether in the pasture or not. I also follow Clinton Anderson's methods and to me the horse is trying to tell you to get lost and you need to tell him you behave!

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I know some might find this harsh, but it is an easy, simple way to keep a horse from kicking. I have started plenty of colts, fixed a lot of problem horses and I take an old-school approach to training horses. Sounds like your horse has a bad disrespect problem. I would get a cotton rope, make a loop on one end with a hard knot and carefully loop it around one of his back feet, just above the hoof. Only use a very soft, larger diameter cotton rope to avoid burns! Take the other end of the rope, run it up between his front legs and through the halter. Don't tie it so tight his head is tied down, but don't leave slack in the rope so he can get tangled. Do this in a round pen or a small corral. Then proceed to try and climb on his or approach him in a way that made him kick before. When he kicks out, he will learn that his head will be yanked down rather uncomfortably and therefor will teach himself a lesson. Hope this helps!!
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I had the same prob with my mustang I broke, eveytime she would kick I would yell at her with a stern voice and if I was able to I would grab her halter and make her back up this worked for awhile until she learned that I would grab her halter then whenever she kicked at me I was told to kick her back by my 4h leader I thought it sounded dumb at first bt I tried it and it worked Clo stoped kicking
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I know some might find this harsh, but it is an easy, simple way to keep a horse from kicking. I have started plenty of colts, fixed a lot of problem horses and I take an old-school approach to training horses. Sounds like your horse has a bad disrespect problem. I would get a cotton rope, make a loop on one end with a hard knot and carefully loop it around one of his back feet, just above the hoof. Only use a very soft, larger diameter cotton rope to avoid burns! Take the other end of the rope, run it up between his front legs and through the halter. Don't tie it so tight his head is tied down, but don't leave slack in the rope so he can get tangled. Do this in a round pen or a small corral. Then proceed to try and climb on his or approach him in a way that made him kick before. When he kicks out, he will learn that his head will be yanked down rather uncomfortably and therefor will teach himself a lesson. Hope this helps!!
I read this idea and loved it! I'm very old school myself ☺ this horse was a rescue and is terrified of whips being in my hand, so I knew I didn't really want to have to use one, anyways your input was the best! I went in the round pen today and did exactly what you said, it took him a while, but it worked!!😄 he no longer kicks when I try and get on. He definitely learned who is boss today! If anymore kicking problems arise, I will use this. Thank you so much!!
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