I just got back in the house from feeding my equines. Paragon was in a very grumpy mood (he is grumpy most of the time) and he decided that tonight would be a good night to see if he could finally make me back down to him (he tries a lot and he never wins).
I fed Paragon and Grady on one side of the pasture and my colt, Indy, on the other side so Paragon would be less inclined to steal his grain. After Paragon was done with his grain he pinned his ears at me so of course I gave him a good slap and yelled no. He bolted past me and took all his anger out on poor Indy, kicking and nipping at him. I ran over and gave him the hardest slap I could as soon as he stuck his nose in Indy's feed bucket. He jerked his head up and started to rear, and for a split second I think my heart stopped beating, because the look in his eyes was the most angry look I have ever seen in a horse. I think he was seriously considering attacking me. As soon as he came back down, I snapped out of it and my fear was replaced with the most fury I have ever felt toward a horse, the thought that he would DARE think about doing anything to me and I yelled the fiercest "NO!" ever. He got the point and wheeled around and ran back to his side of the pasture.
Indy was standing to the side and he looked thoroughly shocked and scared so I walked over to him and calmed him down and then walked back over to where Paragon was. Just to make sure that he had abandoned all thoughts of being boss, I took a firm step towards him and ordered him to move away. He looked at me for a second, but then decided that I was serious and he moved away.
I think over the next few days we are going to be doing a lot of ground work to freshen up on who is boss around here!