I have 2 horses (4 & 5 yrs), 1 pony (12 yrs), and 1 pony-size mule (6 yrs). All are geldings. The mule is newest. He's been here for almost a month and the other 3 have pretty well accepted him now. Well, they aren't blocking him out of the run-in anymore anyway.
Whenever I take out their sweet feed/pellets, they get really... excitable. They aren't *really* fighting since they're just working out their own status between each other, but I'd much prefer they not bite and kick at each other when I'm standing so close.
They all share the same pasture and we're renovating right now so I don't really have a way to separate them. That should be settled by August or so.
In the meanwhile, I'm thinking that if I can figure out a better feeder or feeding system, then we could work on establishing some sort of routine that will put some space between them so they aren't just crowding me at the gate. I'm needing something that will let me establish some consistency.
Does anyone have any tips on how to build a cheap/free DIY grain feeder that would help get each horse their share?
Or anything I can do to make things better, behavior-wise?
I know a certain amount of bickering between horses is normal. I just don't want them doing it when I could be in the line of fire, if you know what I mean.