Actually, hitting a horse is about the poorest way to make one mind. The only time I would even think of hitting one would be if he turned his butt to me and I knew he was threatening to kick.
It is much more effective to jerk hard on the lead-rope and make a horse back up and turn his shoulders to the right -- away from his handler. These are 'acts of submission' to a horse. I want one to back up or over from me in a controlled manner when I ask him to. This is also much more effective than running one around forward in circles around you.
You win when you control a horse's feet. I would rather control them by making them step back or over than to let them run around me going forward.
I would tie him up in a safe place and use a big soft cotton rope to 'sack him out' and would then pick up his hind feet with that rope.
I would tie this rope to his front pasterns (one at a time) and run it up over his back and pick each front foot up in that way. If he throws a fit, just step back, hang on to that rope and out last him. Set the foot down as soon as he relaxes and gives it willingly. He will quickly learn to give his feet in this way and you can stay out of harm's way.