My 15.3 gelding quarter horse (15 yrs and well broke) has recently become aggressive at feeding time. He tried to kick my son tonight as I was preparing his dinner in the tack room. I have been a bit "wishy washy" with him, but never thought he would do something like that. He is usually a very pleasant sweet horse. I have only owned him 6 mos. Anyone have a suggestion as to how to stop this?
The operatives are "recently become aggressive" and "I have been a bit wishy washy with him".
I know you are new to the forum and while I am the person on here, that "just spits it out", I honestly am trying to be gentle. I needed to say that since there's no voice inflection in keyboards
He is becoming aggressive because you are letting him get away with it. He must be a very patient and kind horse for this to have taken six months to rear its ugly head.
One of my four is such a domineering bully (not dominant but he wishes he was), that I have to get onto him a few times a month; he's been with me 16 years - lol lol
He is fine with hay but gets snotty with his food pan stuff and all he gets is a vit/min supplement and a few other additives.
You've been given some great advice, it's a matter of how your set up is and what the best approach will be to get his table mannes back.
You don't say how old your son is but, if he's not as big as a "bale of hay" himself, I would keep him away from the horse until after the horse and you have had your table manner discussion and the horse has eaten whatever goes into the feed pan.
As someone else mentioned, if this happening with hay --- that trebles the problem as horses rarely get ugly when they're waiting for hay.
You will have to take deep breath, assume the position of the Alpha Dominant Mare and give him three seconds of "I am going to Kill you" whenever he starts getting ugly about the feed pan.
It's got to be stopped "five minutes ago" as one thing leads to another, whether it's good or bad behavior. If he truly did try to kick your son, he is ultimately not going to be safe for anyone to be around, so this needs nipped right now
Hope this helps