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post #21 of 40 Old 07-19-2013, 12:39 AM
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I hope you realize the seriousness of what happened. One of my last ems calls was a girl who was kicked in the chest and it killed her. You are very fortunate you made it. All it takes is a minor blow to the chest at the exact bad moment to actually make a heart stop, so you're VERY lucky you made it.

That horse would have had a serious butt whipping had he done that to me.
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post #22 of 40 Old 07-19-2013, 02:19 AM
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If a horse did this to me, they'd be dog food. I swear.
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post #23 of 40 Old 07-19-2013, 03:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Mandy1 View Post
Hi,, dont want to sound silly,, but how do you do that,,, my horse is a kicker at other horses, ( only when they trie to bite him) but i would like to no for when im in the feild with them,, thanks,
I would look up some of Clinton Anderson's shows and watch how he starts a horse through the groundwork. He explains it much better than I can.

I have a mare who kicks at others in the field, but if I step at her hindquarters she will back off immediately from me in any situation, haltered or not. I accomplished that kind of respect from using Clinton's method.

Of course most people misinterpret him as a natural horsemanship crazy. Remember he takes a realistic approach; Safety and horse training isn't always pretty.

Yielding the hindquarters is relatively easy to teach though, the easier at least of some of the exercises. Have a long stick while your horse is haltered, and tap the air. When nothing happens, tap his hip. Keep increasing the intensity of your tap until he takes a step over with his hindquarters, then release and rub him with the stick where you tapped him. Soon he will move with just you tapping the air with the stick. Soon after, you will be able to take lots of steps. The finished product should be pretty, straightness of the body and the hip just lightly stepping over from you tapping the air.

Remember to never accept a half hearted response. Always with energy after he understands the idea.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #24 of 40 Old 07-19-2013, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Yes I know I am lucky, it sinks in more every day! The horse will be getting a strong attitude adjustment in the round pen, even though I know he wasn't intentionally kicking AT me, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But charging around like a wild animal in my presence will not be tolerated.
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post #25 of 40 Old 07-19-2013, 06:43 PM
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Wow. I too think you should go get yourself checked out. I hope everything turns out alright.
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post #26 of 40 Old 07-19-2013, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I did, thank you. All okay but I still hurt a LOT!
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post #27 of 40 Old 07-19-2013, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Nice bruise!
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post #28 of 40 Old 07-19-2013, 10:20 PM
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Sweet battle wound! And hopefully a reminder ;)
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post #29 of 40 Old 07-20-2013, 05:45 PM
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Well, that bruise definelty doesn't look very "happy". I hope everything checks out a-okay.

I wasn't sure from your explanation, he was at liberty, or in hand when he charged passed and kicked?

I just don't agree with others that the horse should have been punished - especially if he was at liberty. If he was in hand, yes I can see where he needed a talking to, but then it also could have also been prevented. If you were keeping them company b/c you know they get a little excited when the mare or other buddy leaves, then you were "advised". I was kicked once and it was entirely my fault and the guilty party (me) was "punished" with both barrels for my really bad headwork. It was a youngster w their usual excitability and lack of control of their body. He did not intentionally kick me..he kicked up his heels - and I so happened to be standing there (well, not after impact) To me, there is a big difference.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #30 of 40 Old 07-20-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, they were at liberty, and that was exactly what happened. They heard the mare returning from her walk and started charging around excitedly. It sounded like they were bringing the mare in through the front gate which I didn't want them to do for "safety" reasons! I started across the yard to head them off toward the other gate, and Cody apparently thought they were coming in that way as well, because he also started charging toward the gate and that was when he wheeled around and kicked his back feet out, and I happened to be in the "bite". It was stupid of me to go there while they were acting like that, but there was a lot going on all at once and too many people around so we hadn't really made a plan about getting the mare back in the field, in fact the original plan had been changed without my knowledge which also led to the whole thing.
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