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post #1 of 39 Old 08-22-2012, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Teaching him not to kick?

I've had my horse for about a month, when I first got him he never liked me to be around his hind end, and he always kicked. Not hard, but like a warning kick, he never actually kicked me yet but he swings his leg at me and other people. When I work with him I can work the kicking out of him for that day, I can touch all over his back legs, but it seems like every day I go see him I have to start all over again because he wants to kick me again. Any suggestions would be great.
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post #2 of 39 Old 08-22-2012, 11:26 AM
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If a horse lifts a leg and threatens to kick me then I will give it enough rope to hang itself!
I will take a broom into the stable with me and when I do whatever makes the horse threaten to kick I will give him a darn good 'what for' with the bristles of the broom which will be uncomfortable for him, make him think the devil is after him and he will certainly think twice about doing it again.
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post #3 of 39 Old 08-22-2012, 11:28 AM
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Kicking is NEVER okay. He doesn't respect you.

Lots of groundwork (I recommend Clinton Anderson methods). Are you working with a trainer?

If it were me and my horse even lifted a foot to kick me I'd go after him so bad he'd be convinced I was about to murder him.

What are you doing to correct your horse when he goes to kick?
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If he tries to kick while I'm washing/handling him I give him a slap on the rump. If he tries to kick while he's eating I back him off of his feed. When I first got him I thought it was food aggression but I stay in the stall while he eats and he only gets fussy if I go by his hind end, but not when I go around his head and feed.

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You slapping a horse on the rump is NOT an appropriate reprimand. It is a wonder that he has not kicked you hard and injured you. There are many horses that kick once and the handler ends up with broken bones or hospital stays. I have known people that were maimed or crippled by horses kicking them.

If he kicked at the lead horse in a herd, he would have hunks eaten out of his body and kick marks all over him. This is 'natural horsemanship' in action as required by a horse's very nature to have a horse that respects you as the 'herd leader'.

Slapping a horse or lightly tapping him with a whip or a lead-rope is looked at by a horse as 'pecking' or 'nagging' at him. It only serves to infuriate many horses and does not teach proper respect to any horse. If it were effective, the horse would not repeat the behavior.

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My horse was annoyed with how long my farrier was taking and threatened to kick him. Let me tell you, within seconds my horse was a quivering lil sorry mess of a horse that was backed into a corner and convinced his life was ending.

A slap on the rump is like telling a toddler that just hit someone "oh, that wasn't nice, you shouldn't do that".... they're just going to ignore you and go whap someone else even harder.

Make the punishment fit the crime! Kicking kills humans so the horse needs to think that if he picks up his foot to even THINK about kicking a person that HIS life is going to end.
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When my horse does something that he needs to be punished for I look him in the eyes an pull down on his halter really hard so he gets the hint. Usually he stops. My horse would not dare kick me or anyone. You just need to show him who is boss.
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Thanks guys, since he's relatively new to me I wanted to get other opinions on how I should correct him.
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Although I agree that no horse should kick at a person when they are in the stable with them I also believe that when a horse has been given his feed he should be left alone to eat it.
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Not trying to be rude Foxhunter but why do you believe that?
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