Join Date: May 2013
Location: Northeast Florida
Yes. I think most people have had to deal with those cheeky little guys at some point- almost every horse I learned to ride on was a lesson horse, so I feel your pain! Most leased horses get ridden by fairly decent or good riders, and only have a few people that ride them, rather than a butt ton of people that are still learning. They'll always test you to see what level you are at, and what they can get away with.
I'd say you should ask their owners what they think you should do, and what they are okay with. If they're okay with the occasional whack or kick when needed, then do that, but only sparingly, once or twice to get your point. If they keep testing you, or if the owner says you should be super gentle, then you'll have to resort to just being as nagging as possible. If they don't listen, ask again. And again. And again. And when they comply, lots and lots of praise.