Originally Posted by HorsesAreForever
Lately she's been in my space so I will snap the halter and back her up a few steps.
I don't know how snapping the halter helps. Backing up or moving sideways or using high psi pressure, yes. The pressure is released when she gets out of your space. I don't like the "snapping" idea myself. You can also work on this in general by making her move away from you in general ground work. Get her used to the idea that she can't have your feet where yours are: get her used to giving to pressure.
Or when I pick up her feet and she tries to slam them down [ she KNOWS not to do this she use to hold her feet up] I will give her a hard smack on her sholder. But once she holds it and I can clean it I will pet her.
Does she succeed in getting her foot down? If you have the strength, which you should by using leverage, keep the foot up as best you can while she fidgets. Try to enforce proper behavior before she gets to the point where she is slamming the foot down. As soon as she starts to pull with her foot, tell her firmly NO and lean against that shoulder or haunch to help throw her off balance. Your reward for good behavior is always a positive.
Or when im walking her threw the feild and she decides hmm I want food and pulls hard to get food ill lift her head and yank on her halter at least 4 times and say no!! Lately I've been holding her by her halter and she wont put her head down she waits till I pet her and let go.
I guess this must be working for you, but yanking repeatedly, to me, is only called for if she is not lifting her head after the first tug. If she responds, even slightly, I wouldn't yank again, but if she ignores it, yes, keep going. Even give her a "chop" against her throatlatch area, but not too hard. You don't want to cause damage there.
But we still have a halter yanking thing if I forget to hold the halter.
I don't know what you mean by this.
Last time when she reared I gave her a HARD kick in the side and she hasn't reared since.
Rearing is dangerous, as is kicking. I agree with what's needed for the horse to get the message across that this is NOT permissible in any situation. But, why did she rear? May be moot now, but keep it in mind for future. Did she spook? Did something hurt her? Or was she frustrated with something?
but usually when riding I use light contact as best as I can and use light cues no problems usually and if she refuses a jump I just turn her around as many times as it takes till she jumps it.
Perservance and repetition -- the best methods in my book. I would apply this same method to your ground rules with her. If it works in the saddle, why not on the ground?
I was thinking about having a crop with me if she gets in my space and tap her with it but then I thought NO im not resorting to whips the only time I use a whip is when lunging.
I would personally use the crop for the ground work I mentioned above -- moving away from pressure. If you thing of the crop as an extension of your arm for training, rather than a tool for punishment it might help you to use it effectively and confidently.
But lately she's been trying to get a head of me when we are leading to her stall so I will turn her around and make her wait a few seconds then I wont let her eat till I tell her its okay.
Good. So you are telling her that she needs to respect you first. That's what all this is about.
Seems to me you have a good handle on training her in a lot of areas, but maybe because of frustration you are using scare and pain tactics for other areas. Why not try, if you haven't already, to use your under saddle methods and your feeding methods to the problem areas you are experiencing?
I'm not against using force when needed, but I do think that we always need to keep in mind that a horse is bigger and stronger and if it becomes a battle of force, the horse will win.