about the hitting the horse in the mouth then rubbing their face thing -- I waited a few seconds after I popped her in the mouth, then rubbed her face a few times to make sure she wasn't head shy. She is still not head shy and she doesnt bite. I've done this with a lot of horses and it works pretty well.
I am strongly against hitting the head, though, because my friend's horse is extremely head shy. I don't know how exactly to explain it, but I hit the bottom of the muzzle so they don't really see it coming, and they don't become headshy... does that make sense at all? :P
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