Originally Posted by thoroughbredgirl8949 View Post
Thats what Im trying to figure out, because she doesnt mind her feet getting picked up or grooming or anything. Would it be a phase?? I have heard of peple saying that their baby is going through a nipping phase but Im not sure what to do. In the pasture it seems she has NO respect for me or anyone because she wont respect your personal space. On the lead rope its a different story. I carry a whip or a crop if im in the pasture and it still doesnt get her away from me. I NEVER had to do this with my other horses.
Our oldest mare did the same things as a yearling. When we got her she was very thin and very stressed about food. She will be 24 shortly and while she doesn't appreciate another horse in her stall, she will not blink at a human.
We would simply smack her rump with a buggy whip whenever she turned her tail to us. However, she only did it in a stall - never in the open.
Here is an option.
Kick chains can put a stop to the banging. By Dennis Moreland for America’s Horse
Dennis Moreland shows how to fasten a kick-chain.
I once had two mares
who didn’t have bad manners
in general, but when they’d see me come into the barn to get their feed
, they’d stand there and paw
. I put a kick chain – which can also be called a pawing chain – on each of them, and the next day, they stood there and watched me without making a racket.
The mares wore the chains while they were in their stalls for the next couple of days, and then I never had to use them again. The bad habit had been broken.
A kick chain consists of a piece of leather fitted around a horse’s pastern, with a 12-inch piece of stainless steel chain attached. You want stainless steel chain and hardware, because the horse is going to be dragging this piece of equipment around in his stall, and you don’t want something that can rust.
It works pretty simply. The chain will slap the horse’s leg when he paws or kicks. He’s causing his own discomfort, and most horses will figure it out pretty quickly.
I always remove the kick chain before I take the horse out of his stall. I don’t want him to move around too much with it on and accidentally step on it. And use common sense. You wouldn’t want to put a kick chain on an overactive horse who has access to a paddock
or run where he might try to move out a little.
The kind of latch I like is really easy to fasten – there’s no looking for buckle holes. There’s a thick piece of harness leather
that has a tab on the end. It threads through a stainless steel rectangle and basically latches on itself. It won’t come undone, but it’s easy to unfasten when you’re ready to take it off.
Usually, it’s not necessary to put more than one chain on. I’ve seen only a few horses who were more or less criminals, and they would figure out that they could paw or kick with the foot without the chain. But most horses just think that pawing or kicking causes discomfort, and they’ll quit doing it with both feet.
These chains are simple little things, but they do work, and they allow horses to train themselves without the handlers having to get in the middle of it.