Random kicking ?!!
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Random kicking ?!!

This is a discussion on Random kicking ?!! within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Gif of kicking an bumb

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-20-2007, 02:54 PM
  #1
Foal
Random kicking ?!!

I have an 11 yr old mare that is very gentle and usually very good with people and other animals walking around her. The other day, I put feed in the buckets hanging on the fence- and when I walked around her to put hay on the rack she kicked me unexpectedly. It was not that hard, but it sure didn't tickle either! I, of course, got mad and frustrated trying to figure out why she, of all horses, would do that? Have any of you ever had something like that happen? And is it something that I should ignore or what? Any help would be great!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    02-20-2007, 03:05 PM
  #2
Yearling
I wouldn't ignore it, that's for certain. But it is not at ALL unlikely a horse's behavior will change around food. It's actually quite common. Discipline her the way you feel is correct, but don't ignore it even if it is a common thing.
     
    02-20-2007, 08:54 PM
  #3
Foal
You should always discipline for kicking at you, especially if she hits you. I think what I'd have done is reactively smacked her in the butt and yelled "NO" at her, more out of the shock of the kick than anything else....then I'd put a lead on her and walk her in a couple of circles. I like to show her that I'm always in control and will be one step ahead of her should she think it's ok to be cocky. My mare has never kicked me before, but she does throw out a back kick after I walk away from her when I feed...she gets a slap on the bum for that.
Never ignore a horse that does anything aggressive to you, no matter how mild it may seem. Ella gets in trouble just for laying her ears back at me. Thankfully, I don't have to worry about too much of that stuff with her.
     
    03-01-2007, 05:04 PM
  #4
Foal
Most likely your mare could have been experiencing one of a few things:

Possessive issues in the field(food problems with others), space issues with you and she was telling you to back off, or she was just down right having a bad day. She could have even thought that you were intending to bring her in to do something that maybe she wasn't crazy about doing, like working lol.

Yes, I agree with the others, you should correct her for this behavior. Be careful of smacking her rear, if she is feeling a little rowdy you don't really want to be close to that region. One thing you can do with her is establish your space and hers. If she gets too close, raise your hands and waive them at her until she backs off. Eventually she will learn that she doesn't want to invade your space because you are just going to push her away. Establish your place with her, and every once and a while she will need a little reminder lol!
     
    03-06-2007, 05:14 PM
  #5
Foal
Random kicking?!!!

Any chance you startled her?
     
    03-18-2007, 10:57 AM
  #6
Foal
I deffonitaly wouldnt ignor it, that's a serious matter. Maybe she didnt quiet see you or the bucket and she spooked, but I don't think she ment it. Imo I think she mite have gotton starteled, becuase you said yourself she has never done that defore. But is she now doing it continueously? (sp?)
     
    03-18-2007, 02:19 PM
  #7
Foal
I completely agree with softtrainer.

OT: softtrainer I'm assuming you do natural horsemanship correct?
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0