This horse loved the snow and had great fun running around the small paddock making the 28” powder fly! I was standing near one corner and with every pass he would come at me head on and juke off to my left, then into the corner where he would pause before making another go-round. We were both having fun doing this with me as turn post in his snow-game, and on it went. After years of waiting for powder snow and sunlight, I was shooting some exciting images!
It can be a little frightening to have a horse run at you and I do NOT encourage anyone try it, not even the horse. If so, you do have to remember to stand your ground, they’ll go around. In fact, it's when you try to dodge that you can be struck. I know this horse fairly well. He has had extensive professional training and a lot of time around people. I was trusting him not to hit me and felt that I could.
Being a young and exuberant gelding loving the deep snow, he would sometimes buck his hindquarters up to the left and right every other stride, and then the white would really fly! He started this bucking maneuver coming at me on one particular pass, and as he came around close on the left I heard a loud CRACK...I'd been hit on the elbow with a flying hoof!
At first the elbow wouldn't move from the shock, but then it did and nothing had been broken! Lucky? Heck yes, and all that came of it was the elbow was a little sore into the next day. It could have been my head and far worse. The horse didn't mean it as he was just having fun and feeling his proverbial oats, but you always take a chance that close to the action. Once again, NOT recommended.