Originally Posted by cheply
where would you hit him if you had to? The belly? The shoulder?
The shoulder is a good, safe place...but remember that your response must be immediate
for them to associate it with their behavior, so if you ever were to get kicked or nipped, don't wait to get to the shoulder, react, even if it's just shouting QUIT. When you act the boss, you'll be surprised at how little effort it takes to control a 1000 lbs animal.
Finally, as you master your fear (and you will), don't ever get to the point where you become careless about your safety. I've seen enough people get over confident to the point that they start taking short cuts, hurrying, 'my horse would never kick me', etc...and that is the time that you are at most risk of being hurt.