Pawing and piggy behavior
My horses are both bad pawers at feeding time. The older one, Banjo (2 yrs old) is a greedy pig with his feed, and he wolfs it down like he's starving (which he definitely isn't), and stomps and paws hard the whole time. He has dug a big hole where he gets his grain. The little guy, Cody (1 yr old) imitates him and paws also, but being a gangly colt he doesn't quite get it- half the time his foot doesn't quite reach the ground and he just paws the air, but he also has a hole dug in front of his feeder. They are pasture-fed at the moment, as my barn is not quite finished. I have over-the fence type feeders for their grain and it's a less than ideal solution, because Banjo often flings his right off the fence and spills it all over the ground. Then he runs over and tries to steal Cody's food, unless I separate them and put one in the round pen and shut the gate. They both keep wearing their toes down with their incessant pawing and I would like to know if there is any way of training them to stop doing it.