Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Fear needs patience, disrespect needs discipline.
What I'm going to say here is you have to know the difference between fear and disrespect.
Fear needs patience, and a leader to say everything is okay. Disrespect needs a kick in the butt to say 'hey, that's enough!'. The one thing I do not do when disciplining though is smack a horse with my hand.
The polite way to do this though, so a horse doesn't see it as rude in return, is to gently ask them to stop the behaviour the first time, and get firmer the next. When watching horses in herds, they always give each other a warning before they follow through, giving the other horse the chance to correct his behaviour before punishment happens
"It is the difficult horses that have the most to teach you" - Double Dan Horsemanship