Not sure where you got the running up behind stuff-That would be stupid to do, now wouldn't it? Tapping with a whip or getting after a horse does not usually involve running up behind where you can get kicked.
But I will say, if I hit Lucky with the whip while I was lunging her, she'd purpously try to come at me backwards kicking (which I did whack the hell out of her whole hind), but we didn't normally need to get to that point. I was just saying from experience, that if I were to try to get at or hit Lucky with the whip, I has better be in front of her to avoid her hooves. But then again, she was the one with the kicking problem, not the rearing one.
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