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?