A horse’s kick is extremely powerful and can cause severe, even fatal injuries. Many riders have experienced broken bones, deep lacerations from a hoof, and even cardiac arrest if the kick landed on their chest. It is also extremely possible to suffer from head injuries that can be fatal if the impact was extreme.
What to do if your horse kicks at you?
If your horse kicks you or bites you, you should punish him as soon as possible. Hesitating and only trying to do something in a minute is useless. Your reaction should be instant. Usually, its good to just use whatever you have in hand at the moment.
Is it OK to kick a horse?
Kicking your horse only stuns, disturbs, imbalances, and hurts. Although kicking might be a useful way to start out for a beginning rider, once you have better balance in your seat and a more consistent contact with the bit, aim toward using your legs with more refinement.
Can a horse bite your finger off?
A horse can indeed chomp down and bite a finger off. As I recall, they eventually had to take a sweat scraper, a long aluminum curved tool used to wipe sweat off of a horse and pry this horse’s mouth open to get the finger out.
How do you tell if a horse is going to kick?
When your horse swings his rump from side to side, it can mean one of two things. Usually, he’s warning that he’s about to kick. In that case, his ears will probably be back, he may be wringing his tail, and his body will be tense. Move him away from whatever he’s mad at and put him to work.