Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
My Arab mare kicked somebody once, and let me tell you, it was the first and last time she ever even thought about doing that. She was 2 years old and my boyfriend at the time was playing with her on a lead, and he was running with her. She got out in front of him, lined him up and POW - nailed him right in the shoulder and sent him flying.
I grabbed that horse so fast and took my leather ended popper crop to her (the ends are flat but their are two of them, so when you give them a smack it makes a loud noise without being able to inflict any damage like a real whip can). I had her by the lead and I just walloped her hind end until she figured out that I NEVER want to see her hind end, I want those eyes on me at all times.
Naturally, this method doesn't work for everyone. My mare was born on our farm, so she was raised loving people and being trained properly from birth, so this was a case of her knowing darn well better and just choosing to act out. But unless a horse has been abused, kicking is something I flat out don't tolerate and nip in the bud as fast as possible.
I agree with everyone else, she needs manners. This doesn't neccesarily have to mean physical discipline, but if she's lashing out that bad, I wouldn't think anything of carrying a whip with me and giving her one good smack if she kicked out at me. As far as I'm concerned, my safety is a lot more important then "not wanting to hurt" a 1000lb animal obsessed with injuring me. What would happen in the pasture if she kicked the wrong horse? She's get chased and bitten - HARD.
Anyway, just my opinion. Good luck with her.