Originally Posted by Saddlebag
Think of it in a herd situation. If one went up to another and started rubbing on it, if uninvited, there'd be hell to pay. When your horse nudges you or gets in to your space, that is disrespect and like the other horse, you need to deal with it. By not doing so the horse will gradually take it farther as he begins to feel his power over you.
Agreed, but for arguments sake, my horse is number 3 in a 5 horse herd. He hangs out with two he's above (again smart horse). I've seen him make contact with the other horses and they stand there quietly, but I have also seen him make a much more blatant contact and drive them off. Yes he knows he is above them, but doesn't always use that power. I wonder why that is?