Any suggestions on agression issues? Our new boy is very gentle aside from two occassions...when we feed, we have found we must feed them in different areas or he wolfs his down and comes for hers. Enough size different he can just push her out of the way. He also shows that over attention from "mom"..if I take out apple slices...carrots or just come out to pet and brush...I think two hands..one for each..he thinks if I have two hands both should be for him and he will push her out. Will this improve over time or should I just adjust to having to keep them more seperated during such times to insure they both get enough attention?
On the aggresion thing, they've both been starved and she's submissive. You will need to either put so much feed down that she gets what she needs and he can eat all he wants, or separate them. I prefer to separate mine, no fussing or kicking and no chance for ME to get hurt in the melee.
When it comes to the petting thing, if I want to give LOTS of attention to one horse, I pull that horse out of the crowd and we go somewhere by ourselves. If I'm just giving a quick pet and snuggle, then the agressive horses get told to go away while I pet the one I'm petting and I enforce that with a carrot stick. They are NEVER to invade my personal space, especially on pasture and especially en masse. I would not hand feed them right now because of the hunger and agression issues, the big one especially sounds like he could turn into a nipper/biter with real ease. You have to maintain control and respect, these guys (even a pony) are too big to treat like big dogs. You can get hurt very badly. Don't be surprised if the 2 year old doesn't start growing like a weed here real soon too, she's not so old she can't get most of her growth and be a pretty good size.