Give a sharp downward tug on the reins or pop your horse on the nose, shoulder, neck, etc. when he is disrespecting you?
Today, I got my horse out to lunge and hack and he was just fine lunging, but when I went to put his saddle on, as stated in previous posts, he totally disrespects me (this is when NOT in the crossties). He tries to eat, won't hold still, and today, he tried a new one. Where I was tacking him up today, because I was in a hurry I went to the closest ring that will soon be turned into an indoor. The walls of it are built up, so it forms a type of cliff. I was in the ring, with my saddle laying on the shortest cliff part (about up to my knee or thigh) and my horse was like "ooh, how convenient, it is the perfect grazing height! I barely have to put my head down!" I just smirked, and was like, ok, and then encouraged him to bring his head up. When he stopped, I reached over to grab my saddle, and heard a big WOOSH! He jumpd up the freaking cliff! I was like what has gotten into you?!
I then proceded to climb up, and I calmed him down and was like, "Alright, lets try this again" Once again, I reached for the saddle (now ontop of the cliff) and went to put it on him. He began side stepping, and backing up. Then he started pulling up and down with his head, so I gave him a firm NO! Then when he wouldn't stop, I popped him in the nose. After that when he continued, I had about had it, so I gave a really hard downward tug on the reins. That stopped him for a minute (after he gave me a very offended look) and he began backing up again, this time a little nervously, so I cooed to him and gave little squeezes on the reins, and he rocked back on his haunches like he would rear. I thought, oh no you don't, and a few moments later he calmed down and allowed me to tack him up. I then praised him.
Our ride was very pleasant, he was very uphill, and responsive, but I was so worked up over the whole thing, I had tears welling up in my eyes.
I felt so bad about smacking him and being harsh, but it was so irritating! I know here I made him sound like a devil horse, but this is so out of character of him. The cold weather has been getting him excited, not to mention all the horses in the pastures were running around like crazy.
I don't think he was scared or anything, at least not until the end when he got a little too worked up, it just seems like the cold weather has got his tail up his butt!
I just want to make sure that I will not scare him or hurt him by doing this. So, is it ok to get tough and pop him or pull on his reins every now and then if he gets a little too rowdy?
After our ride he was fine, and before and after our ride he was even following me around at a trot while I jogged beside him. So it couldn't have gotted him too feaked out.
Thanks in advance! I am SO sorry how long this turned out!