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ellasmellaa

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ellasmellaa says:

Why did he kick me?

 Yesturday Tommy was right at the top of the field and so i went up too get him and he was fine to catch. We started going back down to the gate and about half way he started messing around trying to trot off kicking and bucking. I tried to keep him going but he spun round and kicked me then galloped off! I know i should have gone back and waled him back down but at the time i was alone and couldnt move, fine now got my sling! He is usually fine but is always harder on his own so thats what we were trying to work on.

Just wondering why he did this and how i can prevent it in the future any help will be much appreciated.

Thanks, Ella :)

 

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Tandem

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Tandem says:

Re: Why did he kick me?

Spring in the air?

 

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ellasmellaa

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ellasmellaa says:

Re: Why did he kick me?

 It seem's so!

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kezza81

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kezza81 says:

Re: Why did he kick me?

 I fully recommend leading in a dually,the second he starts fannying about you can correct him with it and it will bring his attention back to you sharpish! Using a really long lead rope is handy too as he cant fully get away from you and it gives you more leverage.

a pony is a child's dream and an adult's treasure.

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spanning

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spanning says:

Re: Why did he kick me?

 deffo a dually!! chloe used to be a pain for this!! got me in the hip, and once in the shoulder! 

It's a scary thing being on the receiving end of a hoof, but get all the support you can from friends/family 

(I always felt better if there was someone else nearby) once I faced up to the problem and started to discipline her it came to a complete stop! just practice walking him in and out of the field as well for your peace of mind! 

Good luck xxx

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spanning

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spanning says:

Re: Why did he kick me?

forgot to add... Wear a body protector/hat and carry a whip just in case!! you might look a plonker but it makes you feel safe!! 

I don't know how bad your case is but one time chloe nearly took out a family of four on a walk ha!!! let us know how you get on! xxx

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Why did he kick me?

I wish you all the best as last October Sabrina kicked me in the mouth and chest, the problem after is that you are very wary loss of confidence etc, also many of the accidents happen when not riding with horses. What the cause was of my problem was fireworks being let off in the daytime also Sabrina wants to be boss, and has now learnt otherwise. Don't also forget Spring as the 2 mares are flirting like mad with the geldings, Sabrina has a boyfriend in tow at her new stables, quite funny as comments passed.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Alphabay

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Alphabay says:

Re: Why did he kick me?

My mare can be a madam coming in from the field some times as well, and I agree with the others with the dually headcollar!

 

I usually attach it to a lunge line on one of the controller side rings, it gives you a lot more control so they can't get away from you and the lunge line is long enough for you to hold whilst they have their tantrum and can stay at a safe distance.

 

And same as spanning with the hat..people at my yard laughed because I wore a hat to the field but just ignore this....safety first!

 

Hope you get on okay, keep us updated! Im sure it will be fine, maybe too much spring grass! haha x

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Why did he kick me?

Full riding gear required and invest in a pair of safety wellingtons, they are not as fashionable as say hunters but you are not the one with broken toes and bruised feet and can be picked up for around £15 max as safety equipment no VAT, also you can have fun with people jumping on your foot as they will be intreged, and in some yards becoming more common and saves a trip to A&E, with horses who cares about fashion anyway but I am a male so don't interest me but safety does. My walking stick I have to use has got great respect from Sabrina as she gets a poke from it to make her move when she plants, she is completely different to any other horse I have come across before, but working on her, also she is far too handy with her back end and can run as fast in reverse as forwards. She has taken kindness as a weakness with me and thinks she is the boss but it hurts me to have to change her mind as usually kindness has worked with the other horses I have had before so a very steep learning curve.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Why did he kick me?

I feel for you, Coco also used to be a nightmare to handle when he was exciteable or not in mood and would frequently have a little explosion on the end of the lead rope which is nerve wracking. Kevin is right,the majority of accidents do happen when you are on the ground so it is important to get your ground control and teach your horse good manners and what is expected of him. I would suggest in the long term doing lost of ground work when you are both in a calm environment and not wound up, I tend to do ground work with Coco in the yard as we have lots of space and its enclosed. Basically get him to move backwards, sideways, forwards towards you and stop before he walks over you, forwards and stop when you do when you are by his side (without having to pull him to a stop), stand still and I also taught Coco to put his head down to pressure which we incorporate in ground work when he stands still. I used to do this for 5 - 10 mins a day until Coco started to respect what I asked of him and the stopping in front of you and backing up from you will teach you alot about your body language and start to teach him to respect your personal space! It only took Coco a few days to really get the hang of it and move when I gestured with my arm/hand rather than me physically having to push him. When he gets excited now we do a few mins ground work and I also ask him to put his head down and keep it down which seems to calm him down as well. When he had a paddy on the lead rein he got a firm snap on the lead rein and a firm 'No' which helped keep him facing towards me, if you let them turn their butts towards you you have no chance stopping them from tanking off and you have higher chance of being kicked! He also learned very quickly that behaviour was not acceptable.  

 

I normally lead with a long relaxed lead rein but keep it shorter and check it gently if he is exciteable and he understands now when I say 'Mind your Manners' whilst checking the lead rein that I have him and I expect him to behave. I am actually in two minds about the lunge line as I get that if the horse has a paddy you can keep at a safe distance but you still have the problem that if the horse turns his rear end to you and tanks off you wont be able to hold them and if they get free with an 8m lunge line trailling behind them they are more likely to either panic or get it tangled round their legs and trip. I would be more likely to buy a longer lead rein that will give you more space if needed but that if you do let go and loose the horse there is less chance of panic or accident. Just my opinion but use whatever works best for you and your horse!

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Why did he kick me?

In theory he needs to see you more as his leader.  Could have been a number of reasons his spun off and kicked out, but the bottom line is if he's really "with" you that wouldn't have happened.  He may have heard something, seen something, sensed something that took him off in flight.  He needs to feel more assured by you.  Maybe do more inhand exercises, have more of an air of confidence about you.  Before you go out and "catch" your horse (it really needs to be more of a your horse comes up to you) perhaps prepare yourself more mentally.  Sit down in your tackroom or whatever, take a few deep relaxing breaths and envisage exactly what you want to happen - mentally prepare yourself.  Hope your arm is healing, and of course wear any protective gear you think necessary.  Hope all goes well.

 

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