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    My TB gelding never kicks...he's a gentle soul who seems pretty oblivious to herd politics. But when he's fed in his stall, he often kicks out -- just once or twice -- with his right hind. It's almost an involuntary reaction. I don't think he's kicking out at his neighbor in the adjoining stall, but it is odd. Anyone else experience this?

  • #2
    I have a TB gelding who has a habit of kicking with one back leg when he's mad about something. For him it's usually in pasture after one of the others tries to push him around. It's never been at people or directly at another horse. It kind of reminds me of a little kid stomping his foot during a tantrum. I just ignore it, but would correct him if he ever did it towards a person.
    ~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard


    • #3
      I have a Welsh Cob that kicks out with one leg behind, multiple times on a row really quick, if he is having a temper tantrum, but he does not aim it at people, or even any other critter close by. He does it when he accidentally hits the hot wire or sometimes if thunder is close and loud.

      Seems your horse just might not want another horse to even think about taking his dinner, but sounds polite enough with such expression.


      • #4
        My gelding does this as well, especially if I am outside his stall watching him eat (well, maybe he does it when I'm not watching him--how would I know?). My late gelding would also do this from time to time.


        • #5
          My gelding does it too - but not at feed time. On days when he is feeling particularly "fresh" I notice that his right hind seems to get light during grooming/saddling. Never directed at anyone - I think it's his way of telling me he's really feeling good - look out!!

          "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy


          • #6
            My OTTB kicks out whenever he gets worked up. Sometimes he will just hold a hind leg up and bounce it a couple times. Same thing, never at any one or anything, just a little "leg spasm".

            We also had a still racing TB at the barn I grew up at and he would kick the wall when he was eating. You could almost time it. Dump the grain in his bucket 1,2,3..wham. And then he would eat quietly.

            There was a QH at this barn that was a little more intense with his wall kicking. His owner eventually put him in kicking chains and that seemed to solve the problem.
            Brae Mont Farm


            • #7
              My Saddlebred gelding does this as well. He usually does it if he is having a temper tantrum... like everyone else said. He'll do it if you cross tie him and walk away from him and he can't see you anymore. Or sometimes if I take waaaaaaay too long to take his splint boots off. But he has never done it at me/another person. Just randomly in the air behind him. I wouldn't worry about it too much unless he starts doing it towards people.
              The New Banner's Choice- 1994 ASB Mare
              Dennis The Menace Too- 1999 ASB Gelding
              Dreamacres Sublime- 2008 ASB Gelding


              • #8
                My TB picks up his right front when he eats his grain/pellets as if to say "This is so yummy, I can hardly stand it!". Maybe yours is wired to the hind leg .
                "Reite dein Pferd vorwrts und richte es gerade. Gustav Steinbrecht


                • #9
                  Our Welsh / Thoroughbred mare would do this also at feeding time. I thought it might be a warning to any and all that she is eating and do not think of coming near her food.
                  Although she would stop and stand still and stamp her hind foot in defiance to my daughter when she rode her.
                  Anita would tack up and take her to the ring and ride her to warm up and then she would go to the center of the ring and stand there. If Anita took the crop and smacked her she would stamp her hind foot.
                  My daughter called me to come out to the ring. She told me what Heather was doing. I stood on the back step of the family room and said," Heather do you want me to come out there and make you work?"
                  She immediately did what ever Anita asked of her. UNTIL I went in the house. And she did it again.
                  I walked out to the ring and she had not seen me coming and she did the same stamping with her hind foot. I said," Anita get off". It startled Heather and she knew I was going to put her through her paces. I mounted and put her through everything she knew. Walk, trot, canter, Diagonal trot. Side pass and backing up. While I got off and told my daughter to not be hesitant about using the crop, Heather stamped her hind foot again. In protest of the word crop,I am sure. I walked towards the house and Anita got on to ride and practice the same things I did and as soon as I was out of sight she stopped and would not obey Anita.
                  She was a great pony for the kids. My youngest could ride her and no problems. But at the time Anita was 14. Heather decided she didn't have to obey Anita. Anita whacked her with the crop and she stamped her foot and bounced her rear end and would not move forward.
                  I came out and watched and she did everything perfect. Now I know there are those who don't believe this story but I was there and I saw her pull her stunts on Anita. I think it was the pony side of her. Foot stamping can mean many things. I think it is just your horse and his way to show his appreciation for his food.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by InsideLeg2OutsideRein View Post
                    My TB picks up his right front when he eats his grain/pellets as if to say "This is so yummy, I can hardly stand it!". Maybe yours is wired to the hind leg .
                    Lol my mare does this too! She picks up her left front and hangs it in the air and turns her head to the side. She'll just stand there like that and chew, until the next bite and then she'll do it over again.
                    The New Banner's Choice- 1994 ASB Mare
                    Dennis The Menace Too- 1999 ASB Gelding
                    Dreamacres Sublime- 2008 ASB Gelding