My 4 year old mare who has always been safe to be around has started kicking at other horses. It has become a problem because she is kicking at them even when people are around. It is the biggest problem in the barn where they are tied in to eat. As we bring the other horses into their tie stall to eat (the stalls are open in the back) she is kicking at them as they pass her.
I suspect it started when we started working in the barn about a month ago and had to feed the horses all in the field. It has escalated since then and there are too many children around the horses (I have 5 of them, my barn mate has 2 preteens) to just ignore it.
The simple, feeding time solution is to switch around the tie stalls and put Mocha on an end where the other horses don't have to walk behind her. But that isn't addressing the problem.
I have been tending to her personally as horses go in and out of the barn at feeding time. I keep her up tight to the front and keep her engaged, but I am not always the one feeding and that is just a band-aid.
So I am begging for suggestions and welcome anyone who can share their experiences, what works, doesn't etc.