Okay-- let me start off by saying this may turn into a rant!
SO, I board at a full care barn really family-like. There's only two other boarders besides me, both aren't the "toughest" gals around. Their horses walk all over them, they ride to ride and that's it, whereas it's a lifestyle for most of us otherwise. Anyways, my two year old gelding has been home for just about a month now and has been doing great until recently. They are stalled for nightly feeding and guess where his stall is? Right in between these two gals' horses!
Okay, now trying to get to the point, kind of not really. My gelding, Walker has been fine, after training and working with him daily you wouldn't think he's two at all. He does have his little youngster moments but overall couldn't ask for a better horse. Now this large paint, I'd say around 16h has begun kicking out towards my guy in his stall. Granted, there are very strong 2 x 12's in between, but it's dangerous! As said before on this form, I DO NOT tolerate kicking. I'm at a loss here, last time he kicked out he broke a good size sliver off the board. He hit so hard it stuck out on Walker's side, a good foot long or so sliver. (Will get pictures tonight and post.) If I wouldn't have forgotten to turn the water off I'm sure he would have gotten very hurt or stabbed to say the least by this piece. The gelding in question Whistler obviously needs an attitude adjustment, but it's hard because he's not mine. I do correct him when I see it, but what to do when I don't?
Most would say just move my boy! Well, the only other open stall is by said boarders second crazy horse. She's one of those who isn't tough enough on her horses when she needs to be and lets them walk all over her. She constantly comes up with excuses on why they do the things they do.
This just worries me though, any quick fixes or anything you all have done to deal with this? These aren't just little kicks, they are high, hard and breaking tough boards.
Not to say my gelding doesn't have a part in it, but the two times I've managed to catch it and correct it's been said gelding biting Walker in the face when he was just munching and kicking numerous times with both legs when Walker shuffled in his stall. Walker has now, I saw this yesterday started kicking back! I saw this ONCE, whether in defense or not we had a come to jesus meeting then and there. After the one kick mark that I marked with chalk I haven't seen anymore, but they're adding up on the other side.
Now after said rant, any thoughts?
Just for fun and IF I kept your attention. My boy in the first picture, and Whistler in the second picture all full of piss and vinegar! He's one BIG boy.