Every time I punish Luca for nipping (he always wants to be the boss of everything, but I'm teaching him that I am actually the "boss"...well..I'm trying.) I give him a sharp little slap on the nose. But every time I do this, he does something unacceptable.
He fights back
Yes...he fights back. He bares his teeth, lunges at me and tries to bite again. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!! But what can a 13 year old, small for her age girl do about this? He doesn't do it to anything else because he knows everyone else doesn't want him to do anything, while I am his trainer and rider, the one who looks small, but wants him to do stuff. He is unsure about that, that's why he keeps trying to scare me to see what I'm really made of and if I can really stay in the BOSS position.
Who knows of a different type of punishment for nipping and putting his ears back in a threatening manner? Should I give a sharp loud yell of "NO!" instead? Think it would work? Or should I do something else. He knows that he has a stronger body than me, but I have to show him that I have more wits than him for me to be respected by him. I'm just so appalled that he fights back. He obviously knows that he can do more damage than me. Help!!! I must show him somehow that I AM AND THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE the BOSS! I am So frustrated.............he doesn't ALWAYS nip and pin his ears back...only when his paddock mate is near. Sensible suggestions needed. Hmmm...now that I think of it...crazy suggestions can go, too, anything that can help What can I do to show Luca that I am the ultimate boss...without him attacking me?