Firstly when lunging Ezreal I do my best to follow a Clinton Anderson-type technique. I have two troubles, firstly if Ezreal does not respond to the point and click I follow up by whipping the air, if he does not respond to that I tap his butt - the point and click and whipping the air usually get the result but if I have to tap his butt he kicks out at the lunge whip - I usually respond to this by getting him to run.
A couple of times he has been so "on-edge" that if I even lift the lunge whip up to send him out on the circle he lifts his head and does a lil freak-out dance raising his front feet and pushing into my space. If I take the lunge-whip out of the equation I can get him to walk around me, by just doing everything with calm request - However I prefer to have the lunge-whip as a tool because once Ezreal is on the edge of the lunge-line I won't be able to follow-through if I can't reach him. I also try to desensitise him to the whip noises and around him.
TL;DR Ezreal kicks out at the lunge-whip when it taps his butt.
Secondly - the food aggression, I have two horses so most of the ear pinning, jogging around and kicking is directed at my other horse. However he does approach us with ears pinned and tries to push in to get the food. I have just been working on getting a really firm "back" which I use to get him out of my space and I don't set his food down until he stands back and relaxes a bit.
However, sometimes when I get him to back or get out of my space, he spins around his butt to me, he doesn't threaten to kick; more like frustration of being told to get lost. However If I then approach his butt to send him off he threatens the kick. So i'm not sure how to not "back-away" and pressure him away, without getting kicked. When he has threatened to kick me, he is just about already running away since he knows it will get a negative response from me.
TL;DR If he turns and threatens the kick, I don't want to be behind him trying to smack his butt - how can I get-after-him without getting a running kick-out.
How would you deal with his Ezreal's food aggression