Extreme aggression and what to do about it
Hey guys. Sorry for the novel but please bear with me.
I've recently moved my two geldings (16 years old and 2 years old) to a boarding facility near where I live and work. It's a great place, very small and just one other boarder, the rest are the woman's horses with a total of perhaps eight horses on property.
My two boys have their own pasture/paddock area. However, they share a round bale feeder with the neighbouring paddock, with the feeder sitting in the fence line.
It's a great set up in theory, horses are separate and can't really reach each other, and I'm thrilled that my geldings have their own space.
However, my 16-year-old Percheron cross has become a raging lunatic. He is on high alert about the next-door horses (a gelding and a mare) and is charging the fence, bucking, rearing at them, and throwing his weight around to keep my 2-year-old AWAY from the fence, and AWAY from the hay feeder, in an attempt to "protect" him from the other horses.
This has been going on for three days.
I know that over time he will probably settle, but I am extremely alarmed at the way he is pushing my youngster around by slamming into him, pushing him with his hindquarters and charging into him to move him out of the way. I see a potentially dangerous situation if my youngster's head is in the hay feeder and he is body slammed...
Does anyone have any suggestions for a way to settle my gelding's mind, either through work, or even a calming supplement that could take the edge off?? Should I take the youngster out temporarily? But I think he would go back to his ways once he was reintroduced.
Any thoughts and ideas will be much appreciated. This is the only boarding facility in my area where my horses would have their own space, plus free choice hay, both of which are important to me.