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It is entirely possible that he will momentarily become more aggressive after the first correction when he sees that you are challenging his authority.
I guess I have to be the one to mention that you have been solidifying this behavior in him for some time. Every time he would bite at you, you would dodge out of the way, then turn your back and lead him, you were basically telling him "Okay, you win. Here, let me get out of your space like you told me to." Now, you have a more serious issue on your hand.
If he was mine to work with, every single time he showed even the slightest aggression toward me (even pinning an ear or a mean look in his eye), he would spend then next 10-15 seconds thoroughly believing that he was going to die. Hit him hard on whatever body part happens to be coming toward you, even if it's his face, then drive him hard out of your space either backward or in circles by any means necessary. If that means leaving welts on his shoulders/hips from your lead rope, then so be it.
Hitting him in the face may not be ideal but if that is the main part that is lunging at you, then that's what you need to deflect. Any potential for head-shyness can be completely negated by a good rubdown after he has begun to behave himself unless he already has head-shy issues.
If you are not comfortable doing what needs to be done to re-gain his respect, then you need to find a trainer who is and who can help you become more assertive in your handling of this horse.
Aggression in a horse is a very dangerous problem that can turn deadly in a heartbeat. It needs to be corrected now.
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Last edited by smrobs; 08-08-2011 at 02:18 PM.