I do have a stall for them, actually it is more of a cover for them b/c we have yet to put gates up on them. But the yearling is fed in the round pen which is in the same paddock as Blue. That is where the trouble comes in, when I'm heading to the round pen to feed the yearling Blue gets pushy and starts the kicking and chasing stuff. And yes I have kicked him in the belly. He knows that I'm not putting up with his mess.
onetoomany, Blue has been handled by several people, mainly my husband, who I think is somewhat afraid of him, i.e. the kicking stuff, he wont tie him up when he saddles him, which I solely disagree with. He on a couple of occassions has pulled back on the ferrier, he has bucked me off, that is when I said, "Thats it I will not get on him again until he is professionally finished". Blue went to the trainer...... So I think I'm on the right track with the belly kicking and slapping him when he comes at me when I go to feed. Unfortunatley I work so I don't have time to stop the feeding and put Blue to work, otherwise I sure would be doing that! I have said to my husband, Blue needs a job!!, This spring our daughter is planning to finish him on barrels, so until then, I'm going to have my hands full. I think I'll try the halter too. Whats your thoughts about trading places, putting Blue in the round pen to eat and putting the yearling in the stall. I have just taught the yearling to open the round pen gate to let himself out after he finishes eating too!!!
Thanks for all the input.