From past experience, and based on the experiences of others, when a horse steps on your foot they like to stand there for a while, and sometimes even step down, before relieving you of the pain.
I was sure Robby would be one of those horses if the chance ever arose. I found out, he's actually pretty attuned to what his body parts are doing no matter how "excited" he is. He has been on stall rest for more than a month, with 20 minutes of hand walking daily. We have him on an amazing supplement - Rest Easy Gold - it works wonders. He's calmer within 20 minutes so we can hand walk him without him turning all Lippizannery.
Until he reached his 20 minutes I decided to brush him and redo his tail. He's actually pretty good when tied. I love Robby's tail, it's so full and pretty. I'm not disappointed that it's not dragging on the ground as he's still growing. We measured him and he's between 15 - 15.1 HH. That's a great size for me. I'm guessing if I had washed the tail it would be almost and inch if pulled tight on the ground. No matter I was combing his mane and he stepped on my left boot toe. I had sorrel winter boots on but I could feel his 1000 lbs getting ready to step down harder. I did the one thing you're not supposed to do and pushed him away and said, "Get off my foot!" Surprisingly, instead of pushing back (the horses automatic response) he eased his weight, lifted his head (he was tied with a trailer tie so he could have easily flipped it back), and then lifted his leg. So instead of crushing my poor left foot toes, he merely placed a little pressure on them. No pain, no swelling = Good horse.
Whewf - that's all I would need on my 1 1/2 mile walk to and from school - broken toes. Fortunately Robb
Robby's in Minnesota being taken care of by my mother. I thank her tremendously for this as I could have never afforded paying a boarding facility to keep in on stall rest (with a babysitter horse) and to be hand-walked 2 - 3 times/day.
I am the owner of Khristopher Robin. Robby is a 3/4 arab 1/4 saddlebred Chestnut gelding, foaled August 2009.