Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
"Please only reply if you have proper Natural Horsemanship knowledge or training and not just backyard stuff."
This last sentence may be why you are having no replies. There are many people here who know what they are doing having had years of experience, but no 'official' or 'branded' training. You have unintentionally dismissed all of these people before they even spoke up.
In general terms, I think you partner actually has it right - he is speaking horse language and driving the horse away from the food; he is establishing himself as dominant horse in the field. It sounds from your limited post that you are approaching this more like dog training (put on lead, make dog sit before food...) than horse training.
I suggest you read some of the posts here, or go on the well respected trainers you tube videos to learn about respect training. In short, you need to learn to drive (move) this horse away from you with your body language alone. If the body language includes a long whip, or a long whirling lead rope, then that is the way to start.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.