"Admire the horse for the good things he does and just kinda ignore the wrong things. First thing you know, the good things will get better and the bad things will get less." - Ray Hunt
I keep my horses for years. How I treat a horse (treat, not "treats") I've known for a long time, or will know for a long time, is very different from how I treat a strange horse. Professional trainers work with tons of strange horses. And if one trainer tells you it will take them 6 months to correct X, and another trainer says he can do it in a week, which do you hire? So professional trainers tend to learn and use techniques that work good enough & fast
I'm no pro, and I'm in no hurry. I don't have two weeks. I've got YEARS. I find many professional trainers, in writing and on YouTube, use techniques high in dominance and low on genuine relationship. If my income relied on being able to handle X in a week, I'd do the same thing!
My horses live in a corral. There is no way I'm going to stand guard over a food bucket, refusing to let them approach, to show them I'm dominant. Feeding would take too long. If a horse charged the bucket, I would. That has never happened to me, maybe because food aggression issues are a symptom of a bad relationship, not the cause.
Ranch horses. I don't live on a ranch. I sometimes visit a friend's sheep ranch. Pushing the sheep up into the mountains, the horses put in a 30-35 mile day getting them part way. The next morning, before sunrise, the horse I was assigned was already interested in the coming day. After mounting, we did big figure 8s to burn off his energy. Once the sheep started moving, he settled.
Mid-afternoon, we stopped where the allotment started. The sheep started grazing. My wife was enjoying the day.
About an hour later, I took this picture:
The horse seemed kind of focused but I didn't think much about it until my wife, a few minutes later, asked if some of the herd was drifting off over a ridge - which was exactly where the horse was looking! One of the professional herders looked that way, looked at the horse, said something in Spanish, then ran and jumped on the horse. As soon as his rump hit the saddle, the horse was off after the sheep! Didn't need direction or urging. The horse KNEW what was needed. He was just waiting for a human (and dog) to join in.
Or so it seemed to me. Sure looked like he knew his job at least as well as the herders. Like Mia and now Bandit on the trail, it seemed he already had decided what needed to be done and was waiting for the fool human to catch up.