Older rancher who doesn't tolerate nonsense. You know what he said to me after I sharply corrected my gelding when he was leaping around? "Leave him be, I'll work on him while he moves." Remy wasn't coming into my space, mind you, but pulling away from me and pawing in obvious anxiety and stress.
This^^^^^ is exactly what one must learn to do when working on a horse. It's what I meant when I said you must work at the horse's level of acceptance. Move with the horse, adjust your techniques to accommodate the horse, it's level of pain and attitude. You ALWAYS watch the horse's head and ears, and eyes while doing massage to judge their reactions. If they express discomfort in one area, work on another area of their body that you can get a positive reaction from, then go back and work slowly on the problem areas.
That Rancher was very wise.
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