Ok, so I was in an accident and had to take some time off from my horse activities, but I have been trying to get to the barn at least once a week to give her some attention. Like brushing and foot picking. I could not do really anything else as I injured my arm. I noticed on the time before last that she seemed a bit pushy. I made a mental note to address that when I could. So a week goes by, I walk into the barn and my normally pretty pleasant horse, lunged at me through the feed window and bit me! I was astounded! I went in her stall took her out and did the grooming like usual. She was fine. She has been pushy in the past and I am not afraid to throw an elbow or an open hand smack.
Some background on where she is at. I moved her there in Aug. For the most part she was out 24/7. The barn was pretty empty. She had a best friend across the fence and a few others around in paddocks. Then this month a jumper trainer moved his beginner jumping program in and has taken over. When I do make it to the barn he is in doing lessons. People are there all the time and a lot more horses are there. Plus she is not out at night anymore, but is still getting out during the day. Then the BO moved her stall right across from the arena enterance and moved her best buddy two horses down and stuck a "food aggressive" horse next to her instead. When the bite happened, two horses were in the arena and four people were sitting in front of her stall in the new "viewing area."
I went out this morning and decided to lunge her and she actually did better then normal. Mmm k.
So, where is the aggression coming from? Boredom because I have not been able to work her? Boredom because she is in more? The extra horses? The cranky horse next door? The extra people? I have a strict no feeding her treats policy, but I am not there 24/7.
Would love to hear any and all ideas.