My 5 y/o mare has started cow kicking recently. This is a very new thing for her, and she ONLY does it in her stall while grooming. I can tack her up, put on her blankets, feed - basically anything else in her stall and she will not kick. She only ever does it in her stall, grooming. I have even brushed her off in the arena and zero kicks. She gets her blanket on/off every night - no kicks. Tacking up? No kicks.
When she does kick it's not even that eccentric (it's actually better than it was when it started 3 weeks ago). When she kicks it's really just a no effort cow kick that's slowly diminishing into lifting her leg so slightly. But it's still a cow kick, and still needs to stop! I can't have her doing this, it's just not acceptable at all. Every time I catch her going to do it I give her a pretty legit smack on the belly and throw in a "HEY!".
Obviously there's a reason she started doing this, I just do not know what it is. She is currently in training (ground training) and doing SO much better all around in every aspect so like I said, the kicking has diminished significantly but still needs to STOP. What else can I do?
(keep in mind I have never had a horse kick at me like this, and so consistently. The most I have ever had a horse do is me standing in the wrong place at the wrong time and she kicked at a mosquito, otherwise I have never ever dealt with a horse who cow kicks ...and one who only does it in her stall for grooming only.)