Originally Posted by creepalurkin
Okay so I don't know what my gelding's deal is today but he bit me for the first time, attempted to kick me in the round pen, and then when I was grazing him, he took off after turning and kicking me right in the hip. Could barely walk to catch him, felt like someone had taken a baseball bat and hit me as hard as they could. When I managed to get over to him and limp him into the round pen, I worked him to a sweat until he dropped his head and chewed and then cooled him out and put him away. I'm so frustrated with him. I can't even trust him. My confidence with horses has really dropped since I got him.
I'd like more info on what led up to this attack in the round pen. Were you doing ground work? Trying to saddle him? How has your relationship been in the week leading up to it?
What does the horse do when he sees you coming? Will he come up up to you normally, or is he hard to catch? How old is he?
Please don't punch him in the face. Slug him in the ribs maybe, as direct self defense, but not in the face.