Does anyone have any tips on how to stop horses from being dominant to each other around humans?
I've recently been having trouble at feeding time. When I first get outside with the hay, the dominant horse will chase away the submissive horse from all three feeding spots. He doesn't relax until there is hay in all three feeders and he's decided which one he's going to eat from. Even then, he'll switch spots and chase the other horse off, but at that point, it's not a problem because I'm no longer around and in the cross-fire.
I'm sure my submissive horse won't trample me on purpose (we've worked a lot on respect on the ground) but that doesn't mean that it won't happen by accident. There's a lot of snow right now and either of us could trip.
Any advice? Do you think a fourth feeding spot would help? There was some hay left but maybe more leftovers would make a difference. I can't move the spots too much father away because of the snow, but I will if you think that will help. They are around 15 feet apart. I do have to do work on respect and ground manners with the dominant horse, but that's not going to happen until it gets warmer and the snow melts. Would that even make a difference on how he behaves with other horses, around me?