Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
It really depends if she's just being touchy with her back legs or actually trying to kick you. My mare does her "popping" sometimes, almost like a test to see if she can get her leg back. Despite being handled since birth and never having a bad experience, at 11 years old, she's always been touchy about her back legs. She's never kicked and never would, but she'll hug her leg up tight and then "pop" it, usually when a stranger is trying to pick it up.
In my case, if you scold her, you're screwed for trimming her feet because she won't relax again. A loud quit and a poke in the bum from me is enough to make her cut it out, but with a stranger, they HAVE to be gentle with her or she shuts down on them.
It's really up to you. I've met many horses that "popped" their back legs, and it's never meant as a kick, they just don't feel like holding their leg up. I certainly wouldn't wallop a horse over it, I may get a little loud and give the foot a shake to remind them they need to listen to me.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.