An update today.
Set my feed buckets down on the outside of the dry lot while I went to let one horse out into her own area to eat. Miss Brat somehow got her nose in one bucket so I snapped the lunge whip hard on the ground and shouted. She ran off (unfortunately scared another horse too and had to go catch it again. Took other feed in first with lunge whip in hand and cracked it at her if she came within 30ft. When it was time for hers, she ran into her stall so I went into the one next to it and slaped the wall hard with the whip. She ran out bucking and wide eyed. I poured her food into her bucket and stood guard at the door until I was ready to let her in (which actually took coaxing; she wouldn't come near me).
Hay time! Hubby wheeled the hay cart in to put hay in the buckets, and I kept her away with the whip. After a bit she charged in to grab a mouthful and I ran up on her with the whip and shouted. It was a struggle to keep her away but we did so until we finished. Then observed as the other horses came back and told her off. It was a good learning experience.
I think in the wild this horse would be excommunicated and probably starve or eat herself to death (ha!). She tries to be the boss but doesn't know how. The other mares are very subtle and their corrective behavior ends at ears back and MAYBE a nip at the air in her direction. No chasing or kicking etc. They are senior horses and she is still in her single digits age wise. Maybe 10 years old at most. She has no solid herd leader it seems, so she has turned into a bully to get her way, and for 10? Years, it has worked. Hopefully the beginning of some big change! :)
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