Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
I have to say onetoomany, the fact that you hit your horses for stepping on your feet is a little unbelieveable to me. Horses do not "delibrately" step on feet, and smacking them around for it is the silliest thing I've ever heard. If my horse steps on my foot, it was my OWN fault for not watching where my feet were! How on earth do you expect your horse to take care of both himself AND you? That's the responsibility of the owner, not the horse.
Unless the person does something dumb (like turning the horse into you, yes I've done it and recently got stepped on doing it) usually it's an invasion of space. To me, invading space is dangerous and can lead to dangerous things. My horse should know to keep about an arms distance away from me, if the horse steps on me then they are inside that boundary, so yes I am going to go after them until they exit that boundary. I do happen to think that horses SHOULD be watching out for people. I want my horses to watch where their feet go, if my 1000 lbs. Horse doesn't pay attention to feet, body, head etc. there can be some dangerous situations. The fact that you think this is unbelievable is a little unbelievable to me but I'm not going to criticize how you handle your horses as they are YOUR horses. Everyone trains differently and has different ideas. Just because physical punishment doesn't work with one horse, doesn't mean it won't work with another. All horses are different and must be handeled as such. That being said there are certain perameters that I set that I won't break and every horse I work with must work within them. How we go about working within them changes from horse to horse but I digress.
Basically what I'm trying to say to the OP is unless the horse is getting abused in a denotative sense then the OP should probably leave well enough alone.