There's this horse I've been riding a lot lately at the barn I go to. She's only a school horse, but I like her a lot.
I don't think it's wrong to hit a horse as long as it's within reason, I.e. Just a light smack with the hand if they are acting rude. This horse has a habit of "dancing" when on cross ties and getting anxious when she knows it's almost time for her to go back in her stall. The only time I would ever hit her is when she starts pawing the air. When she begins to move around a lot, I say "stand" and follow it up with "good girl" when she does. I think she does respect me, and that's all I want because I personally don't like the idea of being pushed around by a 1000+ lb. Animal. Mostly when I have her on cross ties and tell her to stand, she calms down and it's almost like she's sleeping, but I have seen her move around consistently and pretend to bite people more when she is handled by others.
Am I wrong to smack a horse, or is it smart?