Much More Serious Problem - KICKING! - Your Thoughts?
As you know - I've been working with a horse that's been spoiled rotten...
The other day, I successfully walked her down - took me about an hour....but it worked! So I was looking forward to making more progress today....but discovered a new problem instead.
She is kept in a very large paddock (20+ acres with about 8 other horses).
Today, when I went to get her, she began to walk away as soon as she saw me approaching with the halter and lead. Each time she began to step away - I made her go faster by hollering "Get!". She would then trot or canter in a large circle and find something to 'hide' her. She would try to hide from me by standing behind a bush, or sticking her head behind a tree, or trying to stand behind one of the other horses.
On one of her circles - she blundered too close to the back end of one of her pasture mates. After some ear pinning and posturing back and forth, the spoiled mare took a kick to her hind leg hard enough to make her limp a few paces. She then continued her circling.
On her next circle, she cut in close to me, presented her hindquarters and aimed a big kick right in my direction!
She continued circling, and tried to kick me at least twice more....and kept her hindquarters toward me as much as she could. For my part, I kept walking - but began doing short zig-zags to stay out of the kick zone.
(This was MUCH different than our last experience - and much different behavior than before she fought with the other horse.)
Finally, after a little more than an hour - she stopped and submitted to being haltered. I was able to lead her and groom her....but she only let me do her back feet. After 45 minutes of trying, I could not make her lift either front foot. (I would have kept at it - but I had somewhere to be...)
The owners (who are the ones that have spoiled her rotten) tell me that she is not vicious and would never kick or bite...
but obviously, that is not true.
So my question is - do you think the kicking today was a serious disrespect issue?
Or, is it possible that she was reacting to having been kicked by the other horse? She stopped limping - so while I'm sure she had a bruise....I'm not sure how serious any injury might have been. There was no swelling, nor broken skin.
What do you think?
Leasing a spoiled rotten trail horse...pretty - but a brat!