I have a moderately sized barn where I provide full care to almost 20 horses. Recently I got in a freshly weaned colt. I've bred and raised my own goals so I wasn't worried. Especially since the owner has done a really good job desensitizing and handling him, and unfortunately he's a little spoiled, at least for my tastes. (He will give me personal space, 2-4 feet, but not as much as I would like, 3-6 feet).
He's coming 6 months old, and he woahs and backs quickly via verbal cues, he is fine with rugs being thrown over him and picks up all of his feet with just a tickle and a cluck. He's not nippy or mouthy.
But the problem I'm having is that when I discipline him, for invading my space or being pushy when I feed, he spins and parks his rear at me. He has never kicked me and only has "kicked near me" when he's out in group turn out and does "zoomies" and laps around the pasture. Sometimes one of his zoomie laps comes by where I'm at and he might do a buck within 15 feet or so of me, but nothing other horses don't do when they do zoomies.
He usually does this facing his rear at me thing when we're in the stall but occasionally he has done it when we walk to the turnouts ( individual & group; there's a rotation).
I talked to his owner and she said to push his hind out of the way (not helpful when I'm facing his tail bone) or swing a rope to get him to move away, again not something I consider safe to do in a stall when standing face to tail bone.
If it were an adult horse I would understand both thoughts on both of her pieces of advice for her foal, but being that foals are smaller, faster and far more nimbler than adult horses, I am scared to swing a rope at a foals end when pinned in a corner by its tail-end.
How do I discipline or "demand" respect from what is basically an ornery 600 lbs teenager, in tight quarters.
She does pay me extra to hand walk him 30 minutes twice a day, where we (I) desensitize with flags all over his body, front & hind leg yielding etc. Sometimes in a round pen, sometimes we walk up and down the driveway, so there is time I can round pen him, and make him move his feet, but he's always fine, and rarely flips his rear to me during those times. It really is just when he gets too close to me in tight spaces.
Thank you advice givers!