My new horse is lowest on the totem pole at the farm, so I have to make sure I have my lead, or dressage whip, or handystick ready for the lead mare, and her cohort. The lead mare happens to be a Belgian, so there's no way I'm going to take any unnecessary guff from her. As soon as she starts charging my boy while I am walking him out of the pasture, I turn into her, wave my arms, and smack her in the chest with whatever I brought to protect myself and my horse with. She is learning to steer clear...the first trip out of the pasture was a nightmare, because she didn't care that I was there, she just wanted to get at poor Danni! As a general rule, I like to use as little pressure on a horse as possible, but if that means having to smack or swat him, I will.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."