She asked how can she be a firm leader? She sits by her stall so that the mare can get used to her
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Firm leader = does not let the horse do anything naughty and will correct it right away.
Leads the horse, does not let the horse walk all over the place.
Establishes boundaries, doesn't let the horse cross those boundaries.
Rewards horse with release of pressure
Does not shy away from the horse when the horse tests owner
Does not get angry with the horse, or sad with the horse as the horse won't understand what that means.. will insteady be a clear and effective body-language communicator with the horse, while maintaining a neutral emotion.