Originally Posted by kevinshorses
When my horse buys my feed it can have its own space but until then I own it. I can touch that horse at any time and can stand as close to the horse as I want to. The horse however can only stand as close to me as I want and can only touch me when I choose. Why?? Because the horse wieghs 1200lbs and can cause great pain simply by placing a well shod hoof on my big toe. The same is not true the other way around. I don't get carried away correcting a horse out of my space. I try to use the way they moved into my space as a guide to how much force to use to get them out of my space. If the horse just kind of drifted into my space I won't get too excited and just kind of wake them up and move them away but if a horse actively sought to push on me or step on me then I would actively seek to make them get the hell back where they belong. Not every scenario calls for a lot of force.
Excellent post Kevin. I agree completely and also demand/expect my horse respect my space.
Bandera, I have backed up many a horse and have never seen one afraid. They pay attention to me, but are not scared. Guess I've been lucky all these (too many to admit to) years.