Thank you for the video! I can definitely work on this, this is very helpful! Andy tends to lunge for the apple when he sees it being presented, which is something I've been wary of, but I'll try and get him to be politer about taking food. Either that, or I can just leave them in his feed bucket. ;)
I hope that helps. I was not being nearly as firm as I would have been with some horses. Mac , the horse in that film, is one that is a bit pushy , I admit, but I have always been somewhat indulgent toward him. He is usually very careful and does not bite, only "snuffle". However, that fact that he does this is because I allow it. I mean, his bad habit is still in existence because I chose to tolerate it. It's MY fault.
Better would be for me to be super , super clear and consistent about this. It's NOT ok for you to ever put your lips on me, or to move that close into my space. If I was very clear, I would not have to constantly remind him and he would not be constantly pushing the boundary.
There's a certain "cuteness" to it that many of us fall for. I am raising my hand and admitting that. However, if Mac were more aggressive or unpredictable, I would cut out the indulgence and be a better parent/leader.
So,. as a new owner, it's not surprising that you've been indulgent to your horse. As you begin to see that, you'll maybe want to look at your interaction through the eyes of a disinterested party, a non-parent to this horse. Would that person see your horse as well behaved? and you as doing your job teaching him to be so?