Sonny and I had a very nice ride yesterday evening that is until I began to lead him out of the arena-i reached over to hit the light switch and he did one of those "trained movie horse " nudges-with his nose right in the middle of my back. He is 1/2 Percheron and very strong and almost sent me flying. I smacked his nose-normally I don't hit-i do the little flick thing-well he got a smack-the look on his face made me feel bad but he just cannot push me around-he is too big and I am too little! Anyone have a better suggestion than smacking him? I have stopped hand feeding entirely while we work-he gets his treat when he is done and back in the stall . He was very disrespectful and pushy when I hand fed.
I hate the whole idea of hitting but this one just slipped off my hand