Across from my two ponies, there is a large paint gelding. He is very "mouthy". My BO actually got PICKED UP by him a couple weeks ago. He was in his stall and she was talking to me with her back to him, he grabbed her coat and...lifted.
Anyway, the BO's horse, Maya is right next door to the gelding. I like Maya, she was kind to my 2 year old filly when she was boarded there, and so I like to give Maya treats here and there (The BO knows and approves). Now, I get the gelding sniffing when I give Maya treats. He puts his face over, and Maya puts him in his place. However he can and will sniff me and mouth my clothing if I get close enough.
This is also a problem in close quarters when I'm leading my shetland out. The hallway is fairly close in between the stalls. He mouths at my clothing, or my head if I accidentally get too close, and I DO NOT want to be bitten or do any air acrobatics like the BO.
So what do you do? I have tried yelling "NO!" When he gets too close...he looks looks away and moves slightly back, but is not deterred for long. I have also stomped my feet, etc. He seems oblivious. The BO suggests strongly that this horse has zero respect on the ground.
How can I avoid being his inadvertent chew toy? Any way to get him to believe that THIS HUMAN at least is off limits? He is not my horse, so I would not feel comfortable smacking him. None of my horses has prepared me for this either X_X