Originally Posted by DressageIsToDance View Post
Don't make a big deal out of anything. When you make a big deal out of something, that's when it becomes a big deal. What I mean by this is, when you correct a horse, do it in a straightforward way, to the point, and then let it go.
Very good advice. Always keep all your horse interactions and feelings 'in the moment'.
A couple comments...
A day later, after they got done eating their grain. I took her bucket away and started fixing her blanket, she gave no warnings at all, then reached around and bit me on the hip. I was shocked, so I figured she wanted to be left alone.
Some horses do want to be left alone, especially while eating...but never accept nipping/biting and never walk away from this behavior. You want to act BIG, just like a lead mare. Smack her on the shoulder or hip, wave your arms, yell at her, etc., drive her away from you...and then forget it and go on with your business.
If you needed to fix her blanket, go back to doing that like nothing happened.
Two days later she broke one of the gates and got loose. I grabbed her lead rope and calmly walk up to her, she turn around and started trotting the other way. As she passed me, she attempted to kick me. I jumped back on time to avoid being kicked....But this is starting to worry me.
I'm sure many will disagree with me, but I wouldn't necessarily make a big deal out of this. In a situation like this (probably excited at being out/loose), kicking out is not always a sign of agression/dominance. If you watch horses in a herd, this is also a common 'play' activity. You still don't want to accept this behavior in 'your space', but the real lesson is to always watch out for the back end of any
As hard as it can be for most folks, try and lose the "But this is starting to worry me..." feeling. Horses are great at sensing apprehension/fear, and this will make your job harder.
Don't give up...with all the change in your horse's life, if you are the 'constant' factor (confidence, patience, consistancy in disipline, not giving in, etc), everything will settle into your
routine and you and your horse(s) will be fine together.