So, I am the type of person who HATES hitting for discipline. I will do it, but I hate to do it constantly. So I'm wondering what methods other people have found then hitting to control aggressive horses?
I found that bullying in the stall, or on cross-ties(the aggressive horse I know has a dominance issue with anyone he feels he can top, so he is constantly challenging humans). I usually bully with the "finger curl" on the face if I can reach, if not, the shoulder(my reasoning is that is where horses will discipline each other, so that's my alternative to make sure I discipline within 3 seconds).
I brought this up mostly because I, being the passive person I am, seem to be destined to do all my testing on the dominance issue pony *sigh*(I like my clever and crazy horse who the leaser is now riding on my lesson day)...anyway, I find because I am mean enough with my disciplines if he is ridden in the lesson before me, I run into troubles when I'm finished with him(i.e I was backing out of the stall when I took off his halter, and he decided he was going to "chase" me out with his ears pinned)
Sorry for the paragraph