Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Over the rainbow!
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I agree with Cowboy in that this is a respect issue. Hitting them either makes them headshy or makes a game out of it. If a subordinant herd member bites a herd boss, that herd boss isn't going to go after their nose. They're going to chase them off with either a kick or a bite - and that isn't going to be on the nose. ;)
If you're able to, moving him around in a small enclosure (round pen/small lot) - as in moving his feet - will help to earn his respect. Use a lunge whip with a long lash so you don't have to get close enough to get yourself kicked. Insist that this horse moves out of your space when you approach. Chase him off until he stops and turns to face you, then back off the pressure.
Walk circles around the horse, asking him to continue to face you (pivot on the front). Place hay out in several spots on the ground. Go from pile to pile as if you are boss mare, telling the horse to move off - as in, you've decided you want to eat from that pile. (Don't actually eat the hay, but you get the idea, right? ;) )
Horses like to test us to see what they can get away with. He's trying to see if he can dominate you. You have to convince him that that's not going to be in his best interest. Good luck and stay safe.