Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
okay, Ice and I had a similar fight just yesterday. He was getting REALLY pushy/nippy for no other reason other than he didn't want to have contact with people. Well, he finally nipped at my BO and she about had a cow, backing him up ten or so feet, screaming "NO" and flailing the lead rope as she went. Ices face wasn't scared at all, but he was intimidated (as he should have been) and his attention was perfectly on her.
Next time he tries to rush, try that. Make a HUGE deal out of it and then when you get far enough back stop and be completely calm like nothing happened, and if he tries to rush forward again do the same thing until he stops trying to rush. It took Ice three strong times, and then he was down to taking a half step every now and then, which we didn't allow either.
I do also have a lead rope with a stud chain, but I've only used that once, and that was when we first arrived at his new home, and since he was a racehorse, all of his previous trailering experiences were going to races and I didn't know how he would react. Like I said I've only used it once, and he didn't even need it. My advice would be if you do use it, don't run it around his nose band, just loop it through the ring for the noise when you jerk on the chain. That alone should be enough.