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    08-13-2011, 01:46 PM
I need help with my weanling!

So, my colt is nearly four months old. He's been weaned and is doing good. But he has recently picked up a nasty habit of kicking! When he wanted to nurse, he'd always run in front of his mom to cut her off so he could. Well he tried doing this when my mom was feeding him, and when she pushed him away, he swung his butt around and kicked, hard! So when I got home, I walked all around the pasture with his grain, and anytime he tried to get in my space I swung a rope at him. I thought it was fixed. Well today, I went outside and gave him his hay, and was picking up his feet to clean them (it's muddy) and he jerked his foot away and kicked the back of my leg..how can I stop this? We have three young kids around here and his kicking is dangerous. Sorry it is so long! Thanks in advance :)
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    08-13-2011, 02:33 PM
Green Broke
I think you need to really work on touching his legs and feet. I also think that he was displeased about you picking up his feet while he was eating.

Have you tried swinging a soft cotton rope around his legs. Front and back. Keep up swinging it around his legs. When he kicks out at it keep doing it. Until he relaxes and quits kicking. The moment he does, stop swinging the rope.

What do you do when he kicks at you?
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    08-13-2011, 03:39 PM
This is the first time he's ever kicked when I pick up his feet, even when he's eating. And I just popped him in the butt then he did it. Usually he's just fine with my messing with his legs and all, I have handled him every day since he was born. He's suddenly starting to get a bad attitude
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    08-13-2011, 04:23 PM
Green Broke
Is he gelded?
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    08-13-2011, 04:36 PM
Originally Posted by mbender    
Is he gelded?
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At 4 months? I think not.

LMDB -- It could be that he's testing his limits. He's very young and will likely change attitudes often. When you scolded him for kicking out did that end it for that day? Did you continue to work with his feet after that?

The other option is that despite the fact that you have been working with him, it could be that something was a bit out that day. Either the way you picked up his foot, or he banged it on something and was sore, or sore somewhere else.

Also, I don't know how long their attention span is. I imagine it varies from horse to horse. Perhaps he wasn't focused properly at the time?

Ask yourself "why" he did this to find out how to fix it. If it is just testing limits, you must stay on top of it.
    08-13-2011, 05:36 PM
No he is not gelded lol, although once I can I plan to. And I am fairly sure it's his testing his limits, and I did continue to mess with his feet. And anytime he does something he isn't supposed to do he gets punished. Like he started trying to get nippy, and any time he did I popped him in the nose. He doesn't do it anymore. And it could be that I fed a little late this morning so he was a little extra hungry and just wanted to eat..I appreciate the opinions :)
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