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post #11 of 14 Old 12-29-2013, 01:10 PM
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I'd give him a good what as he's lining up to kick to remind him to keep his distance.
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-30-2013, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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I think you're all right about not taking him loose on the trails any more. It was ok when he was a baby and trotted along behind mum, but as Cherie says, he's invented this game and he's getting out of hand. And loose on the trail it's hard to correct him properly.
He isn't happy about going on a lead yet, perhaps when he learns that I can take him out with us. But in the meantime I like the idea of setting him up a couple of times and teaching him a lesson he won't forget! I've read that mules are very bright - let's see if he clicks quick that kicking is not funny.
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-08-2014, 09:55 AM
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Also don't wait for the actual kick before you correct him! Correct the thought of kicking even before the action! When he starts to turn his butt toward you (or your other horses when you are standing nearby) or look over his shoulder like he is going to do it yell, scream, chase, smack with a whip. Make him think that the world is going to end when he even THINKS about kicking when a human is present. It is disrespectful whenever he turns his butt toward you or another person even if he doesn't kick.

I would certainly work on getting him leading well. There is no reason a four month old colt shouldn't know how to lead well, be touched all over, and pick up all four feet.
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-19-2014, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I started anticipating his kicks and giving him a warning shout and he's learning fast. He doesn't do it any longer when I'm riding with him loose. He gave his poor mother a clout on the nose the other day when she was grazing, and she gave him what for !
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