Stand near and to the side of the hind leg when grooming the hindquarters and brushing the tail. If you must stand behind the horse, be sure you can move away quickly if something from the front scares the horse. … Walking only a few feet behind the horse is unsafe because you will receive the kick with full force.
Do horses kick you when you’re behind them?
Why do they kick? When approaching a horse from the rear they cant see or smell you very well so they may kick out of fear thinking your a predator. You should always try to approach horses from the side or front and stay away from there rear end to prevent kicking.
Is it safe to stand directly in front of a horse?
Never stand directly in front of your horse when leading or backing. Horses cannot see directly in front of them or behind them. Stand to the “near side” (left side) of the horse, between the head and shoulder, ideally at the throat latch. Standing behind a horse is also unsafe, as they have a blind spot there as well.
Why can’t you walk behind a horse?
Walking only a few feet behind the horse is unsafe because you will receive the kick with full force. If you do not want to walk closely, move far enough away so that there is no chance of getting kicked, and make sure the horse is aware of your presence when you approach the other side.
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.