Some horses 'lead' by bullying, and some lead because the others trust them to know what to do.
Exactly. That's almost verbatim from Mark Rashid's term of passive leadership where the leader is chosen by the followers rather than by the bullying of the leader.
I personally would rather be chosen a leader rather than to be followed from a basis of fear. If I had to do that, I would not even want to be around a horse.
Regarding nipping: Yes, I'd plan on nipping it immediately.
I have only had a horses teeth touch me one time. Little yearling Dahle Lama daugter of Molly. I admit a swift punch to the jaw. And I've been told that she is in her biting stage that they go through. Not my horse and to allow it would be wrong to the owner.
That said, I do feel differently about lipping, depending on the horse. We all feel different and spring from different bases and backgrounds.
And as far as a horse violating my sacred space, when I walk out into the herd of 17 with my Dr, Cooks bridle in hand, Hondo walks up to me without being called, violates my space and literally sticks his nose into the bridle and helps me work it on. Now I LIKE that!
Yes, Sullivan was the original horse whisperer I was referring to. Have you read Powell's book? I have a copy and have read it a few times. Pretty amazing. Parts of it several times.
Page 97: A MODE OF BREAKING WILD HORSES VERY DIFFERENT FORM THAT DISCOVERED BY ME
Here he talks about using a whip until the horse comes back to the person with the whip. Sound familiar? He says this method works as fast or faster than his but goes on to say......."appeared to be afraid of many objects he met with, and was far, very far from being that gentle, docile animal tamed by the simple, natural means made use of......" "Besides this, those horses do not remain gentle. I speak from experience."
I'm a relative newbie, but he ain't.