Originally Posted by Squirrelle
The horse and I were in the middle of an open pasture, just us. I had given him a carrot and was talking to him and petting him a little bit. Then he started walking away so I was walking along beside him on my way back into the house. Then he started walking a bit faster and got ahead of me and kicked out. His body language did not seem aggressive or startled which is why I think he might have been trying to play.
From this description, here is my guess. He decided to leave you. You followed in the same direction to leave the pasture. He felt you were pressuring him to move and didn't like it. He kicked out as a warning for you to back off. I see it happen a lot in our gelding pasture. One gets pesty and follows the others. He'll nip at them if they don't move. Most of the time the others do move but occasionally they kick out to say "knock it off".
It shouldn't matter if he is being playful or being snotty. Kicking at a human is intolerable. You should chase him off but keep yourself out of kicking range. Posted via Mobile Device