Hey there guys...yet another horse question. Ya'll know your stuff though, so I enjoy hearing the responses! I've been away at college for the past three months and haven't had much time to work with our horse Stetson. Stetson absolutely respects my dad, but since I've been away, he's lost respect for me. My classes end in another couple of weeks, and I will have time at home to work with him for two months. Lately he's been trying to nip my hand when I lead him and he just has a general direspect for my space. I correct him when he tries to nip, but I want to be sure I'm doing it correctly. How can I teach him to respect my space? Interestingly enough, after I ride him around a bit, he respects me a whole lot more. He does seem to throw small fits when you first get on his back (This is an issue we have been working with for a while) and it almost seems like he is just testing you. After you let him know you won't take that from him, he quiets right down. He does this with and without a saddle, and we have ruled out any type of medical condition via vet and farrier. I have a feeling it may be a respect thing. My dad says he acts up when he goes trail riding for the first ride out, and the second ride he is a completely different horse. Anyways, I'm looking for some exercises to do on the ground. Trust/respect building activities. I want him to respect me so that working on his back will be a lot easier. I've had horses for many years, but for almost ten years I worked with the same horse until she passed. Now I have to relearn all my training techniques!