Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
With our cinchy gelding, I like to cinch up just a little bit, walk him, a little more, walk him, and so on about 3-5 times depending on how cinchy he is being that time. I give a lot of re-assuring pats the whole time.
If he were to threaten to kick (ours doesn't kick, but rather seems to jump and dance in place) I would probably turn his head toward me while spanking his but away from me with my hand, and then make him circle a couple of times before calming him and trying again. Our guy is 20 this year, and this was a hard, set habit when we bought him at 8 years old. I am sure a habit like this could be broken, but we just ended up calmly coping with his "quirk" (I am assuming is associated with some mental trauma he received at a young age - possibly when he was being backed).