Originally Posted by tinyliny
If I reach over to pet my horse's muzzle or give him a treat or say goodby, he may lick me, since I put my hand in his face.
If I am tacking him up and he reaches around an puts his mouth on me, that is not ok. I did not invite him.
That's pretty much what I'm looking at. The only time he's done this is when I'm grooming him, and it's not frequent, we're talking maybe 3 times in the last four or five months.
I know to reprimand him instantly if he gets in my space, and I know I've got to be alert for it, because he is a little pushy. Usually if he starts to get into my space, I flash my arms and hands, or the lead rope, up by his face and oblige him to move away from me. Once in a very great while he doesn't get the point, and I need to bump him with the rope to get the desired effect.
But when he's done this, by the time I can react, he's already moving away from me as if I'd flashed him off. I don't get the opportunity to warn him off, because he's already going there.
That's what I'm wondering if there is something else I ought to be doing. Should I give him a smack even though he's already moving off? Make him move off *more*? Something else?