Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
It's hard to say without seeing the circumstances he is in when he kicks. I definitely don't feel that this is something that a horse would need to be put down, or even re-homed for at this point.
He has been unworked for years....he needs time and consistency in his training. It needs to start off for short periods, but with a goal each time...gradually add more. I think it is ridiculous to work a horse for 1.45 hours. The horse was probably very confused as to be what the trainer was even asking of him and the trainer just kept pushing expecting something....which obviously never happened.
I own a percheron and a draft cross. I am thinking there is good reason for the behavior. I'm guess hoof or muscle problems. I would make sure his hooves are in shape. His muscles, I'm sure, are not responding well to what ever work out he is getting, since they are weak and unused. He may be arguing in protest after the workout because of that. Also, if he has something like EPSM, his muscles may be cramping up after working out. Need to rule out quite a few things and have some consistency with his training before making any drastic decisions.