Originally Posted by manhirwen
I use a cotton rope lead to tie him except that the end won't go through the washing station tie loops. Getting behind a horse and pushing it forward sounds a bit dangerous to me. Could you please explain exactly what you mean? Do you actually get behind and push on him or is there another way you mean to push him forward?
So far I haven't panicked around a horse. Hopefully I can say that a few years down the line ;)
Push/encourage. Not physically with your body but I have tapped with the end of a buggy whip or rope. Once the pressure is off - they typically settle down.
And please - no cooing and cuddling "it's ok, it's ok". Continue grooming and tacking as if nothing happened. Just like a kid that fell - you make sure they are ok but you don't prolong the incident and encourage repeat performances. It's not mean - it's safety for equine and human.