The more time I spend around horse people, the more I have noticed that we have an attitude problem about getting injured and particularly about getting kicked by a horse. It seems that we wear a badge of honor for surviving a kick (which we certainly deserve since some people don’t survive it!).

Just yesterday I was listening to a tale from a local veterinarian whose leg was severely injured by a client’s horse. Thank goodness she was able to resolve the issue with surgical repair and seems to be healing beautifully.

Some of us (veterinarians, technicians, emergency rescue personnel, etc.) have even more exposure to the possibility of a kick due to our work. Kicks are a common enough to those who simply are leading or playing with horses, much less when one has to evaluate an injury or treat it up close and personal.

To avoid getting kicked, take care when moving near or between two horses standing or tied near each other.

Photo: Rebecca Gimenez

Personal story: I was kicked really hard when I was a teenager by a loose horse in a pasture that I was riding in. He ran up to say “hello,” I thought, then whirled to kick and my horse got out of the way, but my leg did not. I still have to bone swelling to prove it happened.
So how can we minimize the chances of getting kicked by a horse? I am sure that many of you ha