Oh, that's nothing lol. Mine did the rain dance, galopded round and round in his stall, kicked and bucked, reared, pushed himself into the walls ans, as I said, ran smack into the wall. Being stalled right across from the feedroom didn't make things easier.
To my advantage, I did th feeding, so I could at least control this aspect.
I must say I never punished him by withholding feed. He was first and knew it. I just made sure he stepped back from the trough when I entered. In the beginning he tried to eat me a couple of times. Not funny when you have bowls for 6 other horses in hand. Had to use my feet, gave him a good kick in the chest. Once was enough, then a sharp " hey" was sufficient.
As for what to add to the haypellets, ricebran, a little Ultium, cool calories, anything non sweet.
The alfalfa pellets help his stomach also, they buffer the acids.
Now, if I understand correctly, if you were me you would go ahead and feed him as long as he respected your personal space when you got to the stall right? That would probably work. I have a crop I could use if I needed to get him to back off. And that probably would cut back on the fight time. Because the more I take it away the more he is like "OMG WHERES IT GOING?!?!". And really I think that's my main issue anyways. The fact I don't want to get pulverized in his haste to eat. So just demanding he stay out of my personal space would be a win/win for both of us I feel like. He wont feel 'teased' with the food, and I will have peace of mind about feeding him. I'll try that tomorrow and see how it goes.
One woman at my barn volunteered to help me out. She took one look at him rearing up and was like "Didnt you say he's a Storm Cat grand kid? He can't be helped". I mean, really? Did I miss something about the Storm Cat line? Another one of those things I never hear about until AFTER I have the horse in my possession. Ha