So a friend of mine recently bought a 16.3 beast of a horse. He is aware of every inch of his size and doesn't hesitate to use it. The irony of this is his previous owner was a huge Parelli follower and used all the methods on him.
We have been working through a lot of the issues such as lack of ground manners and he is getting better with the ground manners.
He is VERY mouthy though, as in he grabs a hold of everything that comes near his mouth. This stems from previous owner having a 4 foot pile of hay in the aisle of her barn and allowing him to eat whenever she was grooming or tacking him up... enter possible cause of food aggression?
So now here is the major issue that is becoming rather dangerous. He is VERY food aggressive. Whenever its time to feed he will charge you, pinning his ears and gets aggressive and even threatening. The problem is the barn we board at is also a lesson barn where students help with chores, including feeding. At night its not too bad because you just push open the bars of the stall and throw hay in, he can't touch you. So no risk of him being able to hurt the kids thankfully. Same with grain, you just push the front in and dump grain and go.
However if you need to be in his stall while he is eating he will charge at you and yesterday he bit his owner on the back so bad it almost broke the skin through two heavy sweaters.
When we feed lunch outside he will charge the fence, when you go to dump his hay cubes in his paddock he will try to attack you.
We need to fix this. But how can you fix this when its always different people feeding and handling him?
Round penning isn't an option, we don't have one and no way to set one up. Just throwing that out there. We are primarily a lesson barn and this horse is used in lessons which is another thing that worries us. What if someone needs to get him out of his stall while he is eating hay? I've thought about carrying a dressage whip but that doesn't set the image well for any student telling them they need to carry a whip to get him from his stall while he is eating