Gidget kicked me
I always let Gidget out to graze in an area that she really enjoys. She looks forward to it everyday. She has no issues with me catching her in the pasture but when I went to get her so I could bathe her she started trotting so I walked faster to grab her fly mask and she made a horrible face and purposely kicked me. She hit me in the side of my calf muscle and I fell to the ground...she was being a total Biotch about everything today. I thought I broke my leg but it's just bruised and swollen. I had to have my husband help me catch her as she tried kicking again and it scared me. Once we got her we took her to the round pen to lunge the crap out of her. I tied her up for 2 hours.
I am so upset. Not about the pain but mostly that she kicked me as I thought we had an awesome bond but apparently she's evil. My mom said I should sell her. My husband said I would regret it. I don't want to sell her and if I did I would feel horrible if she hurt someone else and I wouldn't get what I want for her.
Is there anyway to stop this nasty attitude. She is always trying to test me in new ways but this is the first time she fully went at me. I'm devestated.
Durn! That's a shame that G kicked you. That must have hurt like H***!
I think the only thing I would have done was not necesarlily taken her to the round pen but worked her right there! I would have moved her around the pasture and if she so much as cocked an ear back or turned her hind toward me , I'd snake that rope out and "bite" her with it, keeping you out of kicking range.
Next time, when you approach her to catch her, if she turns away from you at all, snake the line out and smack her one, but be sure you are outside of kickgin range. Make her come to you!
There are a lot of threads on here about "walking down a horse", which is a way to catch a hrose in a large pasture who might now want to be caught. I would do this technique and keep pushing her until she actually decides to turn around and COME to you. And from now on, she must come to you. That way she can't kick you. (well, is a lot less likely to try)
Been there done that, except it was a kick to the chest and thigh. All I can suggest is get aggressive. Keep up the ground and get on her a** about the little things and praise the good. Don't let this scare you, just stay more aware of the "danger signs".
A horse is a horse and the minute we forget that spells trouble. A "bond" to you means one thing, a bond to a horse means nothing.
I let my horses have graze time too but I always have them in a rope halter and lead. If they step on the lead, they quickly learn not to. Taking your horse to the round pen may work for a child who understands what they did because you explained it them but a horse forgot what it did 3 seconds after it happened. Your horse acted like it was innate it do in the wild - another horse steps into her space - kick it away. Be mindful of the fact that this is a horse and always approach from the side or front - not the back.
Overall, selling this horse for another will not solve the problem - the problem is you. You forget that it is a horse and not a Labrador Reteriver. There was an old song about a woman who finds a snake nearly frozen to death and takes it in to heal it. As it gets better, she sees how beautiful it is and goes to kiss it. The snake bites her and she says to the snake, why did you do that? I healed you and now I'm going to die because your bite is poisonous. The snake says to her - silly woman, you knew what I was when you took me in.
I have been there. I was kicked by my last horse. I was leading her through a gate, and let her go without turning her head back to me. She jumped away and kicked out with both hinds, and caught me on the chest and on the chin, and broke my jaw in two places. I understand the fear that you have now.
For me, the way to get past it was to accept that I was in the wrong. Not because she kicked, because that was just her being a cow. I was in the wrong because I put myself in a position where she could kick me. From then on, I have never been in that position. I am VERY conscious of where the horse's butt end is, and make sure I am never within kicking range.
Don't sell her. It is easy enough to get past it, you just have to get past it. It is terrifying, and believe me, I understand that. My kick was five and a bit years ago, and I haven't gone past a horse's back end without thinking of it, but it makes me safer to always be thinking of it.
iride and chiilaa have given you some good advice.
I got kicked a while back also, for the same reason chiilaa did....i was scared and nervous around horses for a while after that, but I quickly realized that the incident was MY fault...and I changed the careless behavior that caused the incident.
A horse is a horse, getting another will not fix the problem. YOU need to change what you did that put yourself in the position to be kicked.
My boy is a kicker...he kicks out of happiness, he kicks at horseflies, he kicks out of frustration, he kicks out of excitement, he kicks out of impatience, he kicks out of anger....
We can alleviate the kicking tendencies to a large extent with intense training...but we will never obliterate it entirely. He is a horse. Even with the best training, one day he will kick out....it is up to US to make sure we are not in his strike range at that time.
Our other horse is a general non kicker. In the years we've had her, she has never kicked out at us or another horse.....doesn't mean she won't ever do it.....she is still a horse. It is to our advantage to NEVER forget that...
I am also curious as to why a lead is left on while grazing....
It is easy to get complacent around your horse when it is being good. Then they do something nasty and you remember how dangerous they can be. Been there done that. LOL!
I'm with Tiny and would have worked her right there, but when you are hurt sometimes that is easier said than done.
Glad it wasn't broken.
I agree with iride-you need to remember that she's a horse, and she doesn't understand the concept of a bond. She is not evil at all-she's simply learned that she has the upper hand in your relationship and that she doesn't have to respect you.
The way you stop that attitude is stop trying to form a friendship bond with her. Start treating her like a horse, and be the leader. Both of you will be a lot happier, and the bond you form because of it will be a lot safer and more rewarding.
There are tons of posts on this forum about disrespect issues, and how to get a horse to respect you. This problem started before you went out to catch her, and has probably been brewing a long time. I bet she has given you tons of warning signs-this kick did not come out of the blue.
Good luck, be safe, and glad to hear you are ok.
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