I enter a stall to just say hello to this horse. And he thinks I have treats but I don't, when I go to touch his forehead he brings his head up high to see if there are any (no more hand feeding I know). Or he will snif my pocket and I sort of push him gently away because he's invading my space. Then he goes in a corner and munches away, ignoring me. (not that I blame him, it was lunch time and although I love riding him, we don't have a relationship or anything)
1. What can I do so he doesn't always lift his head. ( I show him there aren't any treats, like he licks and sniffs my hand)
This never happened, but if it ever does, I would like to be prepared.
Let's say I am leading a horse and he refuses to move, I try to make him turn, but he won't budge. OK, so do I take a crop and wiggle it at the hindquarters? Or apply pressure there and make him move and move in circles until he is willing to follow? BUt what if he still doesn't want to? I know a horse that trusts you and considers you alpha, or feels safe and doesn't care, will follow you. BUt if you try to make him move around in circles and still doesn't want to follow... what dya do?
I know my Questions are sort of silly and basic, but my brain is like... well I am a dodo on these stuff. I know how horses think and consider things, and sort of know what to do, but when I gotta do them, I forget/don't know anymore, etc... if I know things for sure and they are very clear in my brain (usually takes some marinating), then I do things naturally and easily with confidence, If I am not sure, it's ... ya
So... could someone give me a 101 on how and what to do in many circumstances? I would appreciate it soooooooo much! LIke just think up a bunch of issues you meet with horses daily, occasionally, and how do you respond.
I don't spend much time with horses, not as much as I would like to and should, to help me to feel more confident about handling them. BUt if I go out to the barn already mentally prepared, it would help. :)