Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Agreed it isn't the horse's fault.
As far as training her out of it, you can't train her not to kick out without getting her to kick out first. If I go out to catch a horse I know is a kicker, I bring a dressage or lunge whip with me, keep it at neutral, and then I'll let the horses rear end have it if it tries to kick out. My little one has also been taught to never direct her haunches at me. She faces me head on at all times. That means while free-lunging or just at liberty in pasture, if she points her butt at me with ANY kind of displeased expression, she gets it. Hard. She can turn and walk away, but she cannot get irritated and turn her butt to me and glare.
If you want to send the mare to more training, we can't stop you. But unless she makes a habit of offering to kick, the trainer will just be putting more miles on her. Horse went horse for a minute, she didn't learn to kick that moment, and I think, unless she routinely makes offers to kick, it would be a waste of money and wouldn't be fruitful in the "must not kick" category.
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