So my story goes...
I bought an 8yo Standardbred about 2 months ago. Prior to buying him the owner did say he can be bossy. However after bringing him home I've found out the hard way that he is not only bossy but aggressive as well...but only sometimes.
During Lunging workouts he is great but sometimes when I try to get him moving forward he turns his head towards me with his ears back and wild angry eyes and moves towards me, or he will kick out.
During feed time, he gets extremely bossy and will try to get in your way and if you shoo him away he will turn his backside in towards you and kick out with both or one leg. There's been many times where he has just missed my head or body.
I've tried tieing him up and leading him to his feed AFTER I've put it out, and he's fine.
I've also had his halter and lead on, and made him stand there and if he put a foot forward I would give him a light smack with my dressage whip and make him back up a few steps. I do that until he can stand there without moving whilst I put his feed in.
My partner feeds him while I'm away at work, and all he does is take a lunge whip into the paddock and shoo him away with that until he is down the other end of the paddock, then he will put his feed in and walk to my horse and give him a pat... mind you there's a bit of kicking going on as he's been shooed away.
However there must be another way...
Also another thing he does is if he is grazing and I try and get his head up he will go to bite me. 99% of the time he comes when called, and he puts his head up when I get there but if I am already beside him while he is grazing he will bite. He's bitten me once and my neighbours daughter once as well.
I do plan on getting a natural horsemanship trainer out to do some groundwork and respect training with both me and him, but until then I need help.
We have visitors and my neighbours children walk through the paddock sometimes. I would hate for one of them to get hurt.
I find it so difficult to try and turn the domination around from him to me.
Apart from these issues he's an amazing horse!
Please only reply if you have proper Natural Horsemanship knowledge or training and not just backyard stuff.