Thats exactly what I do on the lunge. I'm not scared of her, she pins her ears and I continue to ask her for whatever gait I want and only let up when she moves into the correct pace. She still pins her ears though but she does as she's told.
As for the food aggression, she pins her ears but she learnt hard and fast not to try and get pushy with me. She pins her ears but waits, because she knows she can only go to her food when I put down the bucket and invite her to come closer. If she even tries to push into me she gets backed up, made to yield her hindquarters and forequarters and basically just worked until she stands still. She tried this once after another girl had been feeding her for two weeks and obviously let her have her way. Since I corrected her though, all she does is pin her ears.
What I want to know is, she knows the boundaries, and she does not cross them anymore. She merely pins back her ears. She does the same when people use too much leg on her, she never reacts further than that. At least not with me. So, what I really want to know is that, should I be punishing her for putting back her ears? (Oh, and hitting my horse is firmly out of the question, she's been abused so the extent of punishment is a loud no which is usually very effective).
(And as for a dog, remember, if a dog is cornered, regardless of whether it is submissive or not, it can still bite. Fight or flight. Sometimes if you dont give them the option of flight, then fight is it. I just prefer to have the warning growl than an animal that attacks out of no where.)
Last edited by munschk; 05-23-2010 at 02:38 PM.