Originally Posted by Foxhunter
I would not go in with a whip, this is unnecessary.
If he tried to bite as I walked past I would slap him hard across the flat side of his muzzle.
When I go into a stable the horse has to move back to give me room. This is not just at feed time but at all times. If a horse charges me at feed time or is totally disrespectful then he gets the feed, still in the bucket, wrapped around his neck, chest or, if really bad, his head. I will then chase the horse so he is going backwards around the stable until he realises that I mean business.
He can, for that feeding, pick it off the floor.
I will not tolerate ill manners at any time and feed time can be dangerous if they are not corrected.
I have six big young horses in a loose barn where they get fed. They learn that they have to stand back whilst I put the feeds into their pails, if they do not then they get chased and know that I mean business.
No disrespect intended, but I would never smack a horse on the head. It can create a head shy horse, or if you are not quick enough, you may get bitten, or worse case, if you miss, you can actually injure an eye. If I am going to us a whip to reprimand for a dangerous, or aggressive behavior, it is on the chest or shoulder or even legs depending what they did.
By the time you have left the stall, and the horse is now eating his food off the ground, he has no idea what just happened but only that you bullied him and his food is all over the floor. I don't subscribe to all things of "Natural Horsemanship" but I DO believe you have 3 seconds to make your horse you are about to kill him for an aggressive behavior. You CAN in 3 seconds reprimand and correct your horse...lesson learned.