My barn's stalls are all open so the horses are able to stick their heads out. My mare is currently stalled next to another mare that she is always turned out with. In the field they are best friends and get along fine (of course there is the occasional horsey spat). Now, ever since they have been stalled next to each other, they have always "messed" with each other by pinning their ears back and acting like they were going to bite each other. Up until recently they never actually bit each other or did any harm. I would say within the last month this other horse has bitten my horse several times on the face. While I am not exactly happy about this, my main concern has become leading her into her stall...
This other horse will attempt and sometimes actually bite my horse on the rump every single time I lead my mare into her stall. As a result my horse now rushes into the stall to avoid getting bit (which I would probably want to as well). However, I am getting run over and things are becoming more dangerous because she is ignoring me to get into the stall.
I guess my question would be is there anything I can do to train/prevent this other horse from biting my horse or should I focus on telling my horse to ignore the other one biting her and focus solely on me? As of now I do not see switching stalls as a major option but I have not yet sat down and spoke to my barn owner about it (it's a tiny 8 stall barn). In the meantime, does anyone have any suggestions on preventing this until I figure out the stall situation?
Thanks for any suggestions!
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