even more determined after I got kicked
So I just moved stables, and my horse is acting much more happy and youthful than she did at her old place. I know she loves me, but I feel that she hasn't been respecting me as much lately because she is still in adjustment mode. So, that being said, I was bringing my horse in today and she kicked me so hard in the thigh. I'm icing it beneath my laptop as I type... maybe Ill post some pictures once it actually looks the way it is going to look (it's still in the process of forming a bruise now).
So now I'm even more determined to be firmer with my horse and work with her and get to a level that we are both comfortable with. lots of work to do, but first thing is first... no bolting as soon as I put her in the field and no giving me trouble when I'm leading her!
Yikes! I hope you are just bruised. When i first moved Sam I thought someone had switched horses on me.
thankfully his worse sin was pawing holes in the ground while tied.
i hope her nonsense ends soon for you.
I too hope everything resolves itself eventually. I'm glad you at least found a decent stable to board at. Good luck :).
I believe you were asking for bonding activities in another thread..? Sounds like basic groundwork might be a good idea!
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I had my boy double barrel me in the thighs a few years ago. Ground work is definitely in order
Do not make your future with her be based on "hoping" things will get better. Sounds so much like you are leaving that up to her and to fate,while in reality, it's entirely up to you . May I ask, what did you do to her when she kicke d you? And has she e er threatened to kick before? I consider that a very serious bad behavior on a horses part . I would look for some outside help in seeing what is making your mare think that kicking you is acceptable. Or was she startled in some odd way in that she kicked out in self defense and you were just there in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Ouch! I've been known to have a "Come to Jesus" meeting even with other people's horses who have threatened to kick me, let alone actually followed though. As in "you will straighten up and behave or you will meet the good savior." Please be very, very careful and very, very strict as you get this issue fixed- a kicker can very easily kill a person without even meaning to, and a horse that kills or seriously injures someone likely won't have much longer on this earth themselves.
Hopefully this was just a 'mistake' and she wasn't actually aiming at you?
She has sevral other threads sounds like this horse has some respect issues. Any horse that kicks me will have a serious come to jesus meeting. I will not tolerate kicking for any reason period.....
Have you got some help?
This horse is WAY over your head right now going by this and other posts you have made. Behaviour like kicking and biting is hugely dangerous, it should not be tolerated. My youngster went to kick me one time only, as a rising two year old. Geez did he get the shock of his life when I turned into a crazy banshee hell bent on killing him for all of two seconds. That one 'shock' was all it took for him to decide that kicking is a bad idea.
Nagging and being nice is useless, you really should only need to give one, maybe two at the most, come to jesus meetings, and the horse should have it perfectly clear in their mind that you are not a person to be messed with.
She won't "love you" any less - in fact, she will "love you" more if you give her those super clear boundaries. At the moment she has no leader, so you have forced her to step up to the plate. As much as I can't stand Parelli I will use his phrase - your horse has a people problem!
Step up, be the boss and get this dangerous behaviour nipped in the bud. If you get tough and learn to react immediately and hard, I can assure you that by next weekend you will have a very nice horse!
My trainer and other experienced handlers from my barn are helping me with this matter. this is a shock to me because I have never had an issue before with her!
No, she meant to kick. Whether or not she meant to kick AT me is another question, but she meant to kick. She double barrel kicked with her hind legs. I'm really thankful I was okay but my leg is really in a lot of pain...
I'm going to post another thread specifically to speak about my leg injury. I was going to add it here but I couldn't figure out how to add the pictures in lol
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