Originally Posted by GreyRay
Possibly, depending on the horse and the amount of disrespect. But from what I have seen, and my experience, most horses usually tuck tail and run.
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This is my experience, too. Sure, I would get out of the kicking zone, but I've never had a horse not run off.
Kicking is dangerous and backing into you for a kick is a challenge to your leadership.
Of all the times that we talk of about being/acting BIG, this is one time you do not want to be hesitant or timid. You need to be quick, determined, and really drive the horse away taking its space...not 3 or 4 feet...20 or 30 or more...literally chase them away like you're a horse eating monster.
With all that said, however, keep your own safety first. If you don't think you're up to it, get out of the way and get help with the problem. Even losing this battle is better than a kick in the head.