When ever I turn Trax out of his pen, he comes out bucking and playing.
Well no, not always. If he is haltered he is the perfect gentleman, but if he is left to his own demise he is coming out guns blazing.
I know my horse, he isn't being mean when he does this, he isn't trying to hurt anyone, he usually is plenty far away so that he isn't going to connect with anyone. Even still I know to stand clear, just in case.
On this day I was late getting out this morning to feed and turn out. Some days, it is just easier to dump food in the pasture (which looks more like a dirt lot right now) and then open the gates and point and tell my horses where to go. Melly never gives me a lick of trouble, Trax doesn't either, Sassy only rarely. The boarder horses, haven't quite gotten how it works yet so they still get haltered.
I put Franny out, then turned Melly out, and then went to open Trax'x gate. His new pen has a narrower gate and for some reason instead of staying behind the gate when I opened it, I ducked to the other side.
Yes not the smartest move I ever made.
He came out, and the gate swung back towards him pushing him in my direction...he was bucking and cow kicking and one of those hoofs caught me square on the butt cheek.
Took me a few seconds to recover from the shock, but then I went after him. He saw me coming too and knew that he was in trouble. Of course he took off.
He ended up going back into Melody's pen, where I shut the gate and reached up and kicked him back! I wasn't nice about it either.
Then I made him let me catch him.
Once he knew I wasn't going to kick him anymore, he leaned his head against my chest. (not something he does normally) I do believe he was trying to say he was sorry. Or maybe he was just trying to get where I couldn't get a square shot in again.
It hurts. Burns pretty bad right now, but I can still walk, and the more I keep moving the less it hurts. I'm pretty darn lucky. If I had not been turned the way I was he'd have got me right in the gut, or on the hip bone.
Lesson learned. Stay behind the gate, or halter the damn horse.