Alpha my arse, my mare is certainly not alpha not to me not to other horses, doesn’t mean that she is never going to object to anything or that that objection has anything to do with her “trying to be the boss”. Dressage isn’t about subordination and domination no matter what you think, it’s about partnership, the rider is meant to be the leader in this partnership, not the boss IMO. Like I said I would want to be damn sure it’s simple naughtiness that I’m trying to correct before I do any sort of correction.

I agree that exercises and getting their mind on the job is a good tool to use on a horse in this situation because it’s a refocusing as well as body suppling tool, but to me it’s to give me more information about what is happening, not to just establish “dominance”.