I am starting to look for a trainer to help me with thunder (1 1/2 yrs old). I have been talking to a couple different people and watching what they do. There is a third person who is an hour drive away that I would REALLY like to go see, but don't have the money for his lessons yet. What my question is, is how do you show your horse (mainly young ones) you are his/her leader? I understand the confidence thing and what not, but what actions do you take if the horse acts out (not out of fear or hurt, just because of frustration or pure brattiness)?? I don't want to hurt him and he needs to know that if he rears or bucks when learning something new, that it is not ok, but what is a good way? There are many different views out there and I am not sure which is the best for my situation. One person that I have been talking too kicks the horse in the gut (not with the toe of his shoe) if it rears and tries to charge toward him and I am not really comfortable with that, although, all his horses love him to death and are well trained. The other person is as natural as possible when it comes to training and her horses are very spooky and when interested in something, it's hard to get their attention back.I''m just trying to make the best decision for him and don't know what to do. He is one to test a person, and not do something if he doesn't want to.
THANKS! Sorry so long