alot of people wont agree with me. I treat my horses fairly firmly. Chucky was really bad when I first got him! Im a big believer of personal space! A horse IS NOT alowed to invade my personal space un;ess he/she has permission. All of my horses are very good with this and they will NEVER be on top of you or croud you EVER!!! Even at feeding time, they will stay at least an arm length away unless I invite them to come closer. My horses get a good wack if they go on top of me, push me around, go to bite/kick/jump/buck, anything dangerous really. Sometimes, yes, it does mean a wack over the head. But my horses arent scared of me, they arent head shy, they trust me and they respect me. And all of them have pretty darn good manners. And chucky, if you saw him when I first got him, you would think that it is a mirical how good his manners are now!! Anyway, I think a horse needs one good big hard wack over which ever part of their body is closest to you (yes, it may be the head) when ever they do something intusive or dangerous. As long as you keep it to one wack, and you actually hit them (not just flinging your arms at them) they wont become head shy and they wont be scared of you. They will complely respect and trust you and they will have excellent manners! Now I hardly ever have to hit my horses at all because they know what is right and what is wrong. However, it is different with every horse. Chucky NEEDS a firm hand, Banjo hasnt ever really done anything that bad so he only needs a reminder every now and then and pennellipi is very sensitive and touchy so I don't hit her as hard as I hit chucky. I adjust how fast I move and how hard I hit according to the horse. If that makes sence. And as I said earlier, I know alot of you wont agree at all with me but that's how I do things and it has worked well.
Horses lend us the wings we lack