This video might be a little bit scary for some, while others might find it cute. Let’s take a look at this little child playing, walking under this mini horse over and over again. And the good part is that the horse didn’t even bother his game. Some may think that this could end badly for the kid. Indeed, it could, but it all depends on the horse’s temperament, the kid’s attention, and the adult caution.
Because of their size (even if it’s a mini horse or pony), they can hurt their owners both intentionally and by mistake. They spook, get angry, feel playful, and experience a bunch of other emotions that cause them to lash out at whatever is nearby. It could be another horse or it could be you, or even worse, it could be your child! That’s why safe handling is essential.
At its most primal level, the equine kick is a defensive weapon. Horses in the wild can and often do repel predators by lashing out with their hooves. This response is instinctive so, depending on the situation, so you may see it with even the most placid and agreeable horses.
Each year, horse riders are injured, hospitalized, or even killed as a result of horse-related accidents and injuries. Despite technological advancements in equestrian safety equipment, horse riding continues to be found more dangerous than motorcycling, skiing, football, and rugby. That’s why it needs extra precaution, especially with children who are learning to ride, or who are just playing with a horse or pony.
But, most horses won’t kick someone behind them unless they have a reason like feeling threatened. All the same, you should put your hand on a horse’s hind end as you walk around behind them, just to let them know where you are. And you should teach your kid to also do that, just in case.