Rub the horse and put the halter on him.
With horses that are especially disrespectful and are kept in a larger stall, when they see you approaching, they’ll run to the corner, stick their heads into the corner and show you their butts. That’s when I use the stick and string rather than the lead rope, because I can create more pressure with it and stay a safe distance away from the horse. Remember, the Handy Stick is nothing more than a 4-foot extension of your arm.
I start by spanking the ground near the horse’s butt with the string. If that doesn’t cause him to look at me, then I gently, but persistently with rhythm, spank his butt. Not really hard, but enough to irritate him. In response, he might stick his head in the corner, put his head down low or even put his head over the fence, depending on the type of stall he’s in. You have to regulate the amount of pressure you put on him, so that he’s uncomfortable, but you’re not using so much pressure that he tries to jump over the fence, or he barrel kicks at you.
If the horse does kick at you, keep spanking him on the butt with rhythm. Again, how hard you spank depends on the horse’s sensitivity level. If your horse is very sensitive and frightened, gently tapping him with the stick is all that’s necessary. If he’s pretty disrespectful, pushy, dull or lazy, you might have to spank him with the stick and string a lot harder.
The secret is if you even smell that that horse is going to look at you, turn around and walk away from him. If he doesn’t look at you, go back to his hindquarters again. Keep using that method until he faces you.
You can’t stop the horse from showing you his butt, but you can make his butt feel uncomfortable. When he does give you his eyes, take the pressure away from him and make him feel comfortable.
If every single person who catches that horse does the same thing, pretty soon, it just turns into a habit for him to face whoever walks into his stall with two eyes. Horses are nothing more than creatures of habit.