Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: West Sussex, England
• Horses: 0
What should I do when he strikes?
I'm looking after a friend's pony. He's only 12.2hh and is 24, but he is very grumpy in the stable and impatient. When I made his breakfast and was bringing it to him he struck out at me with his front leg and kicked my thigh.
Obviously I can't tolerate that behaviour, but I don't know how to discipline a horse. I just shouted "NO", as I really didn't know what to do! I don't know if you're supposed to hit their chest with your hand, or don't touch them at all, say no with a stern voice, ahh! And it's not like you want to be seen giving a smack to a horse that's not yours.
I'm looking after him again this evening, advice would be wonderful...
To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!