I've been smacking for head bopping. I've been doing it for about 2 weeks now. My horse is not at all headshy UNTIL he bops me. I've noticed when he gets irritated or anxious and smacks me in the face with his head he braces for the quick smack. But if I move quickly or raise my hand when he's just standing there, he is not at all headshy. He knows that there is a consequence that go's with the head bop. He was really cracking me hard alot until I started this. He bops me and I smack within a second of his attack. I don't wait, I do it immediately. He now will swing his head to smack me and stop short. If he makes no contact with me, then I do not smack, unless I have time to react and get myself out of harms way, then he is met midswing of the head with a smack. He's not headshy and I feel this is working for me.
I'm not saying it's the right way OR the only way, just that it's working for me.
Also, someone said we can't bite. I had a mare that bit years ago. She got me on my hip one time so hard that I cried and I did retaliate in anger, I immediately grabbed her face and bit her nose as hard as I could. She never bit me again.
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