So I'm buying my first horse! Yay I've found the sweetest guy in the saddle and on the ground except for one thing which I need to start working on.
He's always wanting pats, such a smoochy boy, but then he starts head butting/ kind of pushing you around and I don't tolerate stuff like that at all, especially since he's 16.1hh and only 6 years old.
But Im wondering how to go about this. I have a few ideas. When he tries to push me over, should I give him a bit of a whack? I did that today but then I wanted to give him more pats coz I was about to leave, but should I keep trying to pat him and discipline him everytime he tried to push me with his nose? I've heard someone say its cruel to hit a horse but I don't hit horses hard or cruely, I tend to give thema bit of a hit that shows that what they did was very naughty and that I do not appreciate it and will not be tolerated. I also want to get him to try and understand I love smoochies and giving pats and that I don't want him to stop being affectionate, I just want him to stop pushing/headbutting.
I'd rather work on this pushiness now since he's 6, I am just buying him and if I don't get a handle on this it could escalate into something very painful or dangerous.
But in no way is he viscious at all, he is a quiet horse so friendly and beautiful to ride he has only this one little habit.
So does anyone have any tips on ways to encourage him to stop it, what you would do/have done in the past :)