Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
It sounds like you love him very much which is a great thing. I also agree that he is completely lacking respect for you and - sorry - but Pushing his head in to your chest so that you could pet him isn't respect for you, but the opposite. You should be petting him when you want, not when he demands it.
Try to get into a rhythm with him of you in charge with everything. I will suggest that it's way too early to be asking him to walk free with you as the chances of him just ignoring you and doing his own thing and taking the relationship right back to stage 1 are quite high.
Fairness, firmness and consistency are key and these are long term rules, not quick fixes. Enjoy him.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.