The operatives are "recently become aggressive" and "I have been a bit wishy washy with him". |
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.
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
This is exactly right. Fix it yesterday!
I do not believe in 'teasing' horses with their grain.
I do not believe in trying to 'aggravate' them.
I just believe in absolute respect and all of the other things fall right into line.
I do believe that you should be the 'toughest lead horse in the herd that ever kicked another horse's butt for trying to grab their grain.
This is 'Natural Horsemanship' as horses dish it out to each other. Remember -- Whatever you allow is what you are training him to do.
Remember -- The poorest behavior you allow is the very best behavior you have any right to expect.