Well, let me tell ya friends sometimes that just ain't true!
Usually just as this statement oozes out of the owner’s mouth, little precious is head butting, nipping, pushing past and sometimes stepping on top of momma or daddy handler. Precious is telling momma or daddy - hey what is the matter with you! Don't you know you are crimping my style – I do not want to be here with you - my friends are outside waiting for me. Or don't bother me I want to do my thing and not yours. This is such a frightening sight for me and a totally embarrassing and dangerous situation for momma or daddy.
Now, having established that bit of information how should I go forward in a positive yet informative manner to help the owner want to learn more about what she and her horse require to form a better companionship. Horse ownership and care is somewhat like parenting of children - boundaries of behavior must first be clearly taught and defined then followed through on in a positive manner. In my opinion understanding how a horse processes information is much less complicated than how a child process data. Horses think - oh this is scary I am out of Dodge or I am the boss of you so "what ya gonna do about it".
Answer! Find a good horse specialist and seek guidance on how to convince the horse to respect and not try to dominate.
Believe me; taking the time to re-condition your horse is much easier and kinder than to ignore the problem as surely it will worsen with time. Shamefully we are seeing way too many unmannered horses with behavior and/or confidence issues which usually lead to abandonment and neglect. This does not have to be such a huge problem -there are a number of seasoned clinicians who are happy to help - believe me - it is more cost effective to find a good instructor/trainer than to have to pay for an untimely trip to the ER - less painful too.
Don't give up -there can be help on the way -all you have to do is ask.
Respectfully submitted: Judy Gibney at firstname.lastname@example.org