I agree to:
1. Let the horse eat its feed pan stuff in peace.
2. Drink water in peace.
Once they kick back and light up a cigarette (they're eating hay:), if I need to hunt for ticks or scrape bot eggs, that's when I do it.
As far as stomping, pawing or throwing feed? No no and no. I expect table manners. It takes a huge amount of patience and PROPER discipline but horses can be corrected from essentially being ten year old children banging their silverware on the table. Some horses get it faster than others.
I've had my Arab 20 years. There was a point in time he decided it was a cool thing to start pawing his floor for his supper.
I quickly broke him of that but, for whatever reason, a few weeks ago he lost his presence of mind and started pawing the floor - lollol
I was preparing everyone's feed pans, that area being directly across from his stall. I turned toward him, raised my voice and said "Streeterrrrrr! you STOP that!". He pulled his head up, ears went forward, the Betty Davis eyes appeared and he looked straight at me as if to say, "I wasn't doing anything but I'll stop anyway". - lol lol
Apologies to those who think it's ok to let a pawing or stomping horse go. I can, however, see a bit of logic in that if the horse is eating outside with other horses and that situation makes it difficult or impossible to correct the pawing.
I don't tolerate bad table manners from children; it's a lot less grief for me to teach a horse to be respectful while he's waiting for his meal
It's very rare that I have to whap somebody's knee cap to get my point across but I have been known to do that, if it's the leg that's being bad.