Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I'm not sure I understand your question. I'll share my experiences, and maybe that will help you.
I have kept horses at agistment places (ie. Purpose horse keeping places where you pay a weekly fee for a certain service) but now I keep my horse at a friend's property. There are about 5 other horses on the property, and they are generally in the same paddock as mine.
I do not have anything to do with the other horses. I go in the paddock, get my horse, take him out, feed, brush etc, then put him back. If one of the other horses comes uncomfortably close (my horse is one of the least dominant) then I swing the end of my lead rope at them to back off. I don't pet them, or feed them. I don't say their names. Its not that I don't like the horses, they are lovely, but I don't think its safe to have horses crowding around people when dealing with a specific horse.
Honestly, if someone "worked" with my horse to get his respect I would be quite offended. I don't really care if people have his respect or not, I do and that's all that matters. I know that if someone swings a rope at him he'll back off, and I know if someone walks up to him he'll let them catch him. That is good enough for me. I wouldn't want other people unnecessarily handling my horse, if they need to move him for whatever reason, fine, but otherwise he is my horse and I deal with him.
I don't believe horses should be fed in a paddock, unless they are all fed at the same time and take the same amount of time to eat, and even then I'd rather not. I think its best to catch and remove the horse, feed, brush etc, then put it back. I do not think there would be any problem if you just caught your horse, took him out, did everything and put him back. That is what I recommend you should do. Other horses are other people's problems.