By mindful of my space, I meant to say, mindful to keep that big dummy out of it.
I was taking out one of my BOs horses to groom him, because he was a mess, and trying to lead him through a gate. The problem is if the gate swings too far out, it can come down off its hinge, then it is a major pain. So I was trying to be mindful of not letting the gate swing too far out, and Joe pushed past me thinking "Oooooh, grass!" and moved forward and through before I was set up to lead him through, and he got my foot good, then just stood on it, eating the grass while I fell backward on my butt.
I pulled out of it quickly and got all over him for grazing when I did not tell him to. I got the gate latched back together, then I did what I intended to do. I got him in the cross ties and cleaned him up, but I was extremely strict with him standing still. He got reprimanded every time he twitched a hoof when I hadn't asked for him to move it.
Tomorrow I'm going to take him for a walk, and we're going to learn to IGNORE the grass unless I point to it, or else.
He's lucky he's cute.