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        02-06-2008, 06:42 PM
    Walking out into a lot with a feed bucket and 4 horses can be a little scary if your not prepaired. I do it every day and if they didn't behave I would be in trouble. I feed the lead mare first, then Vida. Then the 2 babys. They will all go to their own tubs and wait. They know they aren't going to get fed until everyone is at there feed tub. If they get goofy I will wait by the lead mare because they know better than to push her off. When everyone is in place I continue to feed. They figured it out pretty quick.
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        02-06-2008, 06:51 PM
    Sorry double posting but after re-reading your post I wanted to add, if the folks doing the feeding are uncomfortable with him riding them so close at feeding time you might tell them its ok to back him off. They may be a little hesitant to discipline him with you watching.
        02-06-2008, 07:07 PM
    I agree with carrying a whip out with them. At a barn I used to work at we had to carry out food to paddocks with mutliple horses in it and some were very pushy. We were told to use the whip to keep them away. We never hit them, just cracked it and waved it around. We didn't let them come near until they were ALL calm.
        02-06-2008, 07:39 PM
    When my fillys were weanlings they would run by me kicking and bucking when I carried their feed out. I started carrying a whip. A broom, a stick just whatever was handy and making them walk behind me the whole way to their feed buckets. The first time a hoof comes within inches of your face you start getting inventive
        02-06-2008, 08:09 PM
    Mercedes does that sometimes! She used to be in a stall and she knew when someone came to feed she was to stand in her corner until they walked away, and she was really good at it! But when we moved, she switched to outdoor board and I started feeding her in the PM, and she didn't know what to do with herself! Lol So we had to start all over with that. Thankfully she wasn't so crazy that I had to constantly use a whip. Only once
        02-06-2008, 10:17 PM
    The other three horses are very well-behaved at feeding time with the humans! They stand patiently and wait. It is only Fella who follows too closely to whomever is carrying his feed bucket (about 15 yards from the gate) with his ears back and tail swishing. I will talk to the barn manager and let her know that carrying a whip is fine with me. If it were me feeding, I would certainly do the same! He needs to back off. If that doesn't help, I may take the initiative to feed him myself in the evenings and try your suggestions personally.

    Many thanks!

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