I was a senior of expirence at my old barn, but I often look back at my expirences there. Its not that the hands were taught to be violent, they just kind of developed that way, myself included. There were massive stubborn Belgian crosses and spotted draft horses, and it was not uncommon to see or recall myself striking them or kicking them for not behaving on the ground with things like picking hooves etc. It became very frustrating because in the camps the little kids learn nothing, they get the biggest most stubborn horse, and would come to me for help.
I mean, it just sort of bugs me that I had to slap them to get them to behave right, it makes me feel like I'm a bad horsewomen, even if smacking a draft horse on the shoulder doesnt really hurt them that much, I mean its not like I would whip them. That's why I'm so happy at my new barn, I've never had to be aggressive with any of the horses there, ever, even if I only ride with one horse, its not like my old barn, I don't know all the horses there and I don't work with them. So maybe I've broken my habit, but I think what Im really asking is,
Whats the best way to discipline a horse, and work on fixing their bad habits? And what should I keep in mind for myself?