Oh I'll give a smack from time to time, trust me, I know a smack isn't going to hurt, but it will gain attention. I just really dislike having to go that far, hopefully with time I won't have to! I'm the type of person that apologizes to the fly I just swatted, sad I know...LOL. Most horses will move away from pressure, he just blinks and keeps his eyes half shut in a very relaxed manor. I don't phaze him at all for the most part. Kind of amusing to watch actually, I get all animated and he just stands there like "yer an idiot you know that right?"