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post #1 of 15 Old 01-16-2009, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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kicking out when being blanketed

I'm taking care of the barn for my BO for a few days. Today it was really cold and before I let Montana out, I saw that he was shivering. I got his blanket and put it on him. I did the front buckles, but when I tried to get the belly ones, he kicked out a few times. At first I thought he was just being a jerk, but he did it again and it seemed like he wanted to do a cow kick, but then changed to kick out straight back.

This scared the daylights out of me. I did not back down though, and when I went to reach under his belly, I stood by his hind leg. I also did the same thing when I had to attach the leg straps.

After the blanket was on, he was fine.

He was the last horse to go out, so maybe he was just anxious to get out in the morning.

There was one other occasion where he kicked out, but after a slap on the neck, he quit. (I was just brushing him in the aisle way on cross ties. There was a new kind of crazy horse at the other end of the aisle)

I've thought about using a crop and everything, but it was in his 10x10 stall, so there isn't a lot of room to move around (incase he freaks out) Any ideas to make him quit kicking?
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-16-2009, 04:12 PM
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Was there anything irritating him under the blanket? If not I would have disciplined him for sure.
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I didn't see anything irritating him.

When I tried the blanket on him, when I first got it, he didn't act this way, and it's been in the tack room ever since.

I did verbally discipline him, just not physically.
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Does he kick when you rub a lounge whip or carrot stick under his belly and where the straps would go?
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Nope, he's fine with being touched all over.

His old owner used to go under his belly and everything.

Maybe it was just that he was antsy because he was the only one in the barn?
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He might of been just cold and cranky. I know I am cranky when I am freezing!

If he is fine with touching all over, then I do not know.

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Thanks for the help everyone!

I'll see if he reacts any differently today.
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post #8 of 15 Old 01-17-2009, 11:24 AM
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Not sure if you read the post by Jubilee rose about having problems cinching up in the winter. I'm thinking its the same thing. You might try doing some massage first before you do the under belly straps. I'll find the post and place it here. why is she being girthy and how can I stop it?

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Barney did the same thing once. He would kicked at the lockers behind him and then kicked again at just a air. I yeld at him and slaped his neck. He didn't look like he was mad or ansy at all so I took off the blacket to see if there was anything that was hurting him. I stood on my Tipytoes (im so short....grrr) and saw a saddlesore. I felt so bad but I HAD to get the blanket on him(it was getting 12degrees outside and getting lower) so I got tap and a few cotton balls and taped it to his back(haha I had to do something) I put the blacket back on him and he was fine.

So what Im trying to get at is, does he have a bump,sore ANYTHING that could have made him want to do that?
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He's on the shorter side of 15.2 and I'm 5'10 so I can see all over his back.
Didn't have anything wrong (except for a patch of missing hair on the side of his hindquarters, but he's had the for a while and it's not open or red or anything)

It could have been that he didn't have anything on him up until now, while his previous owners blanketed him throughout the winter. Maybe it was just the fact that a new blanket was put on him and not the one(s) he was used to.

Thanks for the link Maureen, I'll take a look at it now
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