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Hey, I need some help, my daughter's spotted saddlebred likes to kick, mostly at me. I have had some near misses lately and when she was younger a direct hit. What is the best way to stop this behavior. I have had horses for years but she is the first one that has been a kicker.

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Comment by Teri Parks on May 10, 2009 at 3:38pm
start from the ground up. she has to respect you and she doesn't. She is trying to tell you to stay back and that isn't her place. If you enter her stall and she kicks at you, then you need to practice what I call, "go to your corner". I teach all my horses to stand to the backside of the stall until their grain, feed and water is completed. If they whirl then they get a spanking and I tell them to face me and pull their head my way. (oh, first do with with a long lead) It usually only takes once or twice for them to get the idea. She obviously doesn't have a sensativity problem, but if you work with her make sure you always rub the back legs down to keep her desensatized.

Otherwise lunging, give and take, and as a previous writer said, Clinton Anderson techniques are best. That is what I use and none of mine kick.
Comment by RICKY AND ROBIN CHANDLER on May 2, 2009 at 3:29pm
the stick thing works all we had at the time was a broom handle but they realize in the end you gonna get that foot be derned lol
Comment by Grimwood's Horseshoeing on April 30, 2009 at 9:04pm
I agree with Adrienne. This horse is disrespectful and/or fearful. If you go through the lunging for respect exercise and teach your horse to disengage her hindquarters etc... She will learn to move her rear end away from you instead of towards you. When you start moving her you will rise in the pecking order and she will learn to look to you for commands since you are now in charge, which will also reduce her fear.
Comment by Genia Wilson on April 30, 2009 at 5:13pm
Thank you yes I think it is respect because when my farrier works with her she behaves nicely it seems just to be me. I will see about getting the respect cd.
Comment by Adrienne Walsh on April 30, 2009 at 4:06pm
I broke a Belgian from kicking. He hated having his back feet touched or handled. After being told that I would 'never' break him, I decided to try Clinton Andersons method of doing whatever they are afraid of or don't like until they can accept it. I tied him up and got my training stick (about 3 1/2 feet long) and just put the stick on his back and ran it down his leg. He kicked but, thanks to the stick, couldn't reach me. I did this over and over and over...for 30 minutes he would kick every time. Then suddenly, he stopped. I then moved the stick to the inside of his leg and he started kicking again, but stopped kicking and accepted the touching much faster. I repeated this with both legs and also tapped on his hooves. In less than 2 hours he had totally stopped kicking and would let us brush his legs, pick his feet, etc. I don't know why your horse is kicking but it sounds like she needs some lessons in respect. She thinks she ranks higher than you. I highly recommend Clinton Anderson's lunging for respect cd's. I think some other trainers use the same method, so I recommend you invest in some training cd's and get this mare to respect you before she hurts you or someone else very badly!

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