Originally Posted by jaydee
I sometimes think when you get a horse that thinks its a bulldozer or steam roller (like our Clyde x) its a lot easier to just give them one good crack across the chest with a schooling whip and tell them firmly to stand. I only ever did this once with her and now if she thinks about being pushy all I have to do is tell her to stand back in a louder than usual tone and she does as she's told - and that's 8 years on. I'm not one for getting aggressive with horses and its a bad idea to do things in anger/temper but a controlled bit of discipline doesn't hurt IMO if it means avoiding potential damage to a fragile human.
To use the method shown here to train a horse to back up though - I just don't get it at all, it doesn't even 'translate' to what you'd do in the saddle.
I see now how this method doesn't really translate with backing up. However, at the time, it was all I knew and it did actually help my horse and I have communication and create a bond. The main thing I needed with her at the time, was a calm way to allow me to interact with her to where I wouldn't get killed being a beginner horse owner/rider.
I don't believe in aggression either, but if the circumstance is dangerous, I will do what it takes during that moment. However, when that moment is over, it's over, and we start again. I try to keep in mind what another horse would do....and that often would be much more dramatic than what I could do to defend myself.
I've now had four horses, all different breeds and personalities. Two aggressive and two the polar opposite. I have used different tactics for all four....whichever one made it the easiest for us to communicate effectively.