Punishment. Another one of those "human" words, and one I'm not sure has an equivalent in "Equus". About the nearest thing I have come across is a description of how the alpha mare will segregate an unruly brat/foal from The Herd until he learns some manners. The Butt, applied over an extended time :-) Most everything else falls under the broad heading of language; ears are pinned, a well timed nip is applied, the offending individual moves, often with a parting "screw-you" mock kick, and it's over.
Punishment implies accountability. Accountability implies a level of sentience I'm not sure can be granted to most equine, dogs, cats, and at least some humans. I tried to corner a friend who attempts to teach Equus and equine-human relationship into a discussion of equine accountability, but she was unusually noncommital :-) Might be a great topic for another thread.
I have certainly had plenty of opportunities to "pin my ears" at George, and we've had some pretty good arguments, some of which I have even won. I do not think he harbors resentment, but he doesn't forget, either, and the next time a similar situation arises, he is more than willing to pick up right where we left off. I guess I see this with my horse as well, but he is generally way more compliant than MuleBoy, and lets me have my way rather than argue for the most part.
Just saw Loosies post pop up. This does deserve another thread. How 'bout we start by defining Punishment? I'll crosspost this over into horse training. Steve
Steve Jernigan KG0MB
University of Colorado