I must say that I find the application of the word "disrespect" to horses to be dangerous, because humans take that word personally, engendering anger/upset in the humans. If we'd understand that horses don't think of themselves in terms of "disrespect", but rather are simply doing what they're hardwired to do by their Creator, which is to test for leadership, we'd be better off & the horse'd be better off.
Watch a herd of horses in the field: they test for leadership constantly, over who gets the lushest patch of grass, who gets the hay first, who gets the shady spot. All day long it happens, & the horses don't think "disrespect"; they don't take the hierarchical skirmishes personally! In a second, it's over, without any horse being "disrespected".
What usually is the case is that the human hasn't taught the horse what's acceptable behaviour, in the horse's language. Once the human is clear & consistent, the horse simply learns the boundaries. Calmness on the human's part, & not triggering the horse's fear (so that horse can learn) are necessaries, as well.
Last edited by Northern; 03-05-2012 at 02:52 PM.