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    How to get horse to stop kicking on trails...

    How do I get my mare to stop kicking other horses on the trail? Thats her worst (and pretty much only) bad habbit. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

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    I wish I had some advice... Do you braid a red ribbon in her tail when you trail ride? Kicking while being ridden is a very dangerous behavior. I used to board at a barn where there was a mare who kicked very badly while under saddle...She always tried to stay at the end of the "line" and only rode her with the bright red ribbon to warn unwitting passersby... This mare was one of the worst I have ever seen...she not only kicked horses who rode up behind...but would wheel sideways and let her hooves fly when adjacent to horses too.... I learned that the hard way, one day...when her owner rode past thinking she was "ok" only to have her mare suddenly spin and kick the living snot. out of ME, not my horse, right in my lower thigh-- That was a very frightening and painful experience....
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    I agree. I don't think theres much you can really do except warn others to stay back. You can also watch the signs before she kicks (pinned ears, head jerked back, tail swishing) and try to interupt the behavior before it actually happens. You can bump the bit to tell her "Hey, I'm still back here. Stop that". A good kick to go along with the bump would probably go well together to make sure she wouldn't stop. Or you could touch a little whip to make her move forward (though it's been my experience that if you touch whip horses can kick out in resistance). But really, I'm not sure there is a good fix to that sort of dominant behavior expect taking out the chance of it happening all together. Sometimes you don't even have to braid the tail, you can just tie a ribbon (I believe the wanring color for kickers are red) at the dock so everyone can see.

    If she spins to kick, you can also redirect her head and haunches by turning her head in the direction she was aiming to kick and giving -her- a good kick on the inside to say "HEY! Move your butt over this way. I'm still on your back up here, you know" and move her butt away. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
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    Yeah, I've been doing all that. Red ribbon, keeping her in the back, warning people... all that stuff. Lately I've been usuing reins that make a very loud poping sound. They don't hurt, but she respects the sound. If by chance she kicks, I use them. I've been working with her with my sister and her horse. She's only 3... so hopefully she'll grow out of it. I know all the preventions... I just wanted to see if their was a fix. But thanks for the tips!
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    Ok, here are a few questions.
    Does she get real aggitated before she decides to kick? Like, does she pin her ears, swish around, etc? If she's doing it real secretively, there's not much you can do. But, if she gives you fair warning, make her think about it before she actually kicks. Turn her in a circle, smack her with you reins, whatever is most effective.
    Make her work harder than if she had just cooled it and gone along for the ride.
    That's really all I can suggest, it's hard to stop a horse from kicking, but sometimes age will tame them out a bit.

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    does she lower her head to kick?

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    my mare, they say is over 15 yrs and she still does it. i use the ribbon when we r on trails with strangers. i do also watch for pinning of the ears and try to stop her before she does it. most of the time a quick little pull and reprimand do the job and she will settle back down. but she has surprised me with no warning before too. i agree not much u can do.

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    My three year old gelding is great on the trails and has not kicked out, but in the arena it's a different story. Last night we were out riding with some people in the arena and he tried to kick one of the guys. I was quick enough to catch him in the act and he had to rapidly disengage his hind end. After that he was really good and people could canter past him.

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    She sometimes gives some warning. I can feel her too (I'm now usually riding bareback) So that helps. She is a pretty smart horse and the popping seems to work pretty good. She hardly ever kicks at my sisters horse anymore. When we are away from home she's never offered to kick another horse... too much going on I guess. But I still warn people. No, she does not lower her head. I think also it might be a 'stage'. She seems to hate all horses right now. We put her with one more dominate, and she gets along well with him. So hopefully age will tame her... *Crosses fingers*
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