My new horse (I have had him abut 3 weeks now) has calmed down a lot and is doing pretty good except when I tie him to groom him or tack up. I don't have a stall or cross ties so I tie him to a hitching post. He never pulls back but he dances from side to side and he will slam into me and keep going causing me to always have to jump out of his way. I have tried yelling at him and slapping him on the shoulder or barrel to try and get him to move away from me, even tried letting him run into the pointy end of a hoof pick but nothing works its like he doesn't even know or care that I am there. I am afraid if I carry a crop and really hit him hard he might just decide to throw a fit or panic and start pulling back and I will have created an even worse problem. I am thinking it is a question of respect because the previous owner said he was not like that with her and would usually ground tie. At this point in our relationship ground tying is not an option because he is always trying to run back to my other horse. Once saddled he listens well and I have no problem riding him out alone.