Lol the thing is.....I'm actually quite strong although not many people believe me...but Luca is stronger. Something I've found that every time I approach him and he puts his ears back, I have just started giving him the command to 'stand'. Luca LOVES WORK and groundwork amd LOVES being given a task.
So when he makes his UGLY FACE I just tell him STAND in a firm but gentle voice, just like I do when I do groundwork. He immediately focuses and stands nicely and I tell him GOOD BOY and he relaxes, but waits patiently for me to tell him something else to do. If I start patting and scratching him, he accepts it and relaxes. Strange horsey.
Btw, he is PERFECTLY behaved in-hand, no biting or resistance or alpha behaviour.
So now I think his mind goes something like this:
IF SHE WANTS ME TO DO A TASK, SHE IS IN CHARGE. Or something like that
what do you guys think? Good solution? Or not...?