You don't want a horse that steps on your feet, shoulders you out of the way, or jumps into you when startled. That is neither safe nor much fun!
Teach a horse to respect your space.
Imagine a hula hoop around you, and that imaginary hula hoop defines your safe space. Do not allow your horse to get into the habit of "invading" that space. Learn to recognize the difference between inviting the horse in for a pet, and a horse who habitually crowds you!
Teaching a horse to back up is an excellent tool for teaching him to respect your space.
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