On Monday I was out grooming the horses (I have a 9 year old gelding and a 20 year old mare) and as I was getting at the remaining shabby winter fur on my mare's rump, she cow-kicked me right in the pubic bone....which is now a lovely shade of purple!
I got this mare last fall, and we have never really "clicked," which I know is most likely my fault for not taking more time to gain her respect. She is a very moody girl - she kicks my gelding probably 2 or 3 times a week (that I see!) during feeding time. She can be hard to catch at times and just has an overall "please leave me alone" attitude. I bought her because she is basically dead-broke, and anyone can ride her, which is what I was after - a husband-safe horse.
Now, however, I am nervous to be around her. I am not really "afraid" of her...but I would prefer not to be kicked anymore, and any suggestions on what to do to discipline that behavior would be great. Also, besides lunging, what exercises can I do with her on the ground to gain respect from her? Should I be concerned about her kicking my gelding? He's 16hh and she's about 14.2hh.
Thanks for the help!