Re: Why did he kick me?
I second rope halter. No need to fork out for a dually, they work better, less fuss and heck of a lot cheaper.
Spring is in the air, yes, but I still want the respect from my horse, and not for my horse to put me in danger.
With some knotted halters, you get extremely long lead rope with a leather end. I'd invest in one of them. Hopefully you'll only have to use the leadrope once. When my mare nipped me, I backed her up so fast. I asked, when she didn't respond, I slapped her chest with it. Now, when I have the knotted halter on her, she knows it, respects it, and we have no more issues.
I fully reccomend you wear gloves, body protecter and a hat. And have someone else with you.
Practise in a school, or before you get in the field, with walking, halting, turning, backing up so he KNOWS what the knotted halter is. You can't just shove it on and expect him to know A, B and C.
It works on pressure and release. So, when you ask for something, and he doesn't respond, you use the halter to put pressure on. The SECOND he does what you ask, release so he knows he's doing it right.