Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5
Moving his feet is a good idea....
What do you think about the "stand" method, though?
I think it would save a lot of frustration.
Because for a horse to be punished,meh would have done something frustrating.
But if he just makes a tiny attempt to be aggressive, I tell him to stand and he focuses. That saves a lot of frustration.
Hey Dreamcatcher, I have read the hole thread, the getting him to move away from you as soon as he gets aggressive is the best addvice.
Now about your question about "stand" I don't think it will have the affect you are hoping for. In your horses mind everything is about holding and yelding ground. Horses equate holding ground as winning, its all about food. If I am a horse I want all the food I can get. The food (grass) I am standing on is the food I get. If you move me you get my food. Now you are the trainer, you are the leader of the heard, no matter what happens you take ground from any and all horses you do not give ground. Backing away is loseing ground. If your horse nips at you and you back away he wins, if he nips and you stand your ground and so does he the "fight" is not over, if he nips at you and you make him move away YOU WIN.
There are a lot of ways to make him move away, the tail of your lead rope getting aggresive arm up moving fast. The thing to do is GET BIG!!! Make him move. The stand command is not going to get him to move his feet and lose ground.
At first do this with a lead rope or something in your hand just incase your horse doesn't like losing. Be ready for some ugly looks but best thing is to make him move then invite him back to you like nothing is wrong.
Good luck let us know how you are doing