Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I don't think hitting her will help - it might rile her up some more. I don't like to hit horses, and only will for biting or kicking. I do this because biting and kicking is a form of agression, if this happened in the paddock the dominant horse would kick/bite back, and put the horse in its place. I'll throw the end of a rope at them if they don't move or something, but its more an aid than a punishment.
What kind of halter/lead are you using? If you're not using a rope halter and 12ft lead, I'd look at getting one. If my horse doesn't walk forward when I walk, I'd put a little pressure on the lead and say "walk on". If they didn't I'd take the loose end of the lead and swing it behind me at the horse, rather softly. Often a little tap will get them going. If they don't I get progressively harder until they move, and then I stop all aids completely and keep walking.
If my horse were to chuck a hissy fit, I'd toss the rope towards their hindquarters to get them swinging them away from me, then lunge them in a small circle. Then I would stop, ask him stand. If he moved off I'd lunge him again and again until he would stop and stand with no lead rein contact.
I train my horses to go forward and back very well. If they are misbehaving (on the ground) all I have to do is walk them forward and back a couple of times and they calm right down. I don't know why but its always worked for me, since I was a kid. I just rest my palm (or elbow) on their chest and say "back, back" and then just walk forward and say "walk on". It seems to remind them to behave, and reminds them I am dominant. It is sort of like my "control" test.
Maybe try something like that?