My first reaction is no. I don't want to smack him it would break our bond and I am sure there is a gentler way. I am finding no way around it.
I am a pretty green rider so I purchased a horse that said kid safe in huge letters with no vices. I rode him at the place I purchased him and he tested me a little bit but did what I asked.
When I got him home he was good the first day but as he started to feel me out he realized I was not an aggressive rider. When I messaged the trainer who previously owned him he said I have to get somewhat physical with him while he is testing me. I didn't want to naturally but he is putting me in dangerous situations.
He rears up when he can get his head up. Which I have gotten to almost go away just by fixing my riding errors.
He takes me into corners and does not turn for anything.
He drags me through trees.
Does not respond to gentle pressure whatsoever.
I do groundwork and love on him. But in the saddle he listens for about 10-45 minutes, depending on the day, then tries to go back to the barn. I have had him for a month and I have worked with him every single day and he always comes right to me from the start.
But when I am cornered and he refuses to move in any direction at all. And rears if I try to turn him out and doesn't move when I kick him.
Is it okay to smack him on the rear to get out of there.