When barging is an issue, ask yourself, who’s moving who? If your horse is moving your feet, then he’s the one in charge. Make sure your horse is never made to face something he’s frightened of too closely until he’s completely reassured that all is OK. Your horse could be feeling insecure and his barging might be an attempt to get close to you so he feels safer. Take little steps to help him get over whatever it is that’s bothering him. Don’t forget that by barging and being pushy, your horse is letting down his side of the bargain when it comes to your relationship. He should know not to walk over you in return for you not walking over him. Put boundaries in place early on in your relationship, then be consistent and stick to them. But don’t treat your horse like a machine — he must be allowed to express his personality too.