Ok, so the other day I pushed my horses to the limit. We had to try out the new trailer. So we get in the trailer, loaded up, to the indoor arena, short ride/lunge session (they were a little spooky so I kept is short), loaded up and home with no incidents.
My father in law had agreed to haul for me since my truck was in the shop. After unloading the horses I started putting feed out and finishing chores. I have NO IDEA what possessed my father in law (who is more used to cattle than horses) to walk up BEHIND my two year old mare, but he did and she kicked him. Full force. We got him to the hospital, he had one heck of a bump, but he'll be ok.
I phoned my trainer and said that we have to put more training on this mare because my other horses would no more have kicked at a person than fly in the air. I think it shows a terrible attitude. After hearing the story my trainer asked if I had considered training my father in law. He thinks the horse is fine, but I'm a worrier.
My question is this; whose fault is it? My father in law shouldn't have walked up behind the horse, but the horses' first reaction shouldn't have been to kick. Do I chalk it up to my father in law doing something thoughtless or to my mare having a terrible attitude problem? This is the only kicking incident but I really don't know how to handle a kicker and wonder if I may have gotten myself in to something I can't handle?
Thoughts, suggestions or general reassurance would be appreciated.