Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Dominant over you? Or over his buddy? Because if you want to avoid him trying to be dominant over you, just work with him in hand a lot, ask him things. No matter how old he is, you can teach him to walk, trot, halt, and back up in halter, even if you only work 10 minute sessions at a time. I taught my yearling to bow, as well as side step to get her to respect me.
If you want to avoid him being dominant over his buddy? Good luck with that, because there is always a hierarchy in nature. You may be the alpha of the herd, but one horse will still be the alpha of another. There isn't anything you can do, they will be horses and they will always test who of the two is on top. Unless it becomes so dangerous that they actually cause serious damage [meaning, biting backs and pinching nerves, not taking out chunks of hair and maybe a layer of skin] just let them be.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."