Take a lash whip, or something long enough to keep you out of range.
And more piles will help.
But horses will always jockey for position. You need to be running the show better, and you will see some of this fade.
And you need to stop thinking that they won't trample you in their haste to get away from the boss horse, that is foolish, as they will, and not think twice about it.
You need to be in charge of every single horse out there, and that means you need to have their respect. It also does not take even an hour to get it across to any horse just where you stand in the grand scheme of things.
You also should not be waiting until spring to get this done. Attitude and consistent handling of horses is the key. Any horseperson could go out there and have this sorted out in less than 5 minutes, because they would put a stop to this, by making horses back up and behave themselves. And would do so every single time they fed.
Move all horses away from the hay until you are done, and you decide when they can come up to a pile. And since you have let this get to this point, I would also be moving them away from a pile after letting them come up, so they know who is in charge.
Horses make me a better person.
Last edited by Palomine; 02-03-2014 at 03:40 PM.