I`m a big fan of natural horsemanship, and try to use it with every opportunity. However I`m always surrounded by a bunch of semi-traditional cowboys.
Mostly, they`re all pretty good at not forcing the horses, but sometimes I've witnessed a loss of temper.
Either way, the only 2 situation I have ever smacked a horse partially because I didnt know waht else to do, and I`ve been thinking about it lots and maybe you guys can help:
One was when I was trying to pick out hooves, the horse kept kicking out hard and I kept sayin quit sternly, and making them move over, until the 3rd time I said quit and gave a smack on the hindquarter (but not hard)
The other one was when a horse tried to bite me, and I made them back up out of my space, the horse then bit me in the neck so I smacked him in the shoulder. This particular horse was biting out of dominance, not fear.
How could I have better handle these situations, I can't ask anyone I know because they smack their horses for not standing still when mounting, and refusing to go somewhere (which I would never do! Ever ever! I`m extremely patient with horses)