They are not being aggressive at all. It's more "gimme gimme my food" with impatients. Not "give it or else". Laela is usually salivating she is so looking forward to it.
As far as other people feeding in the morning, changes are not going to happen and they still need to get their hay. The hay is just thrown over the fence while the horses are grabbing pieces of it.
I guess what I'm wondering is, is it really that big of a deal when no aggression is being shown but very much impatients?
I usually ask them to back up a bit and they do. I do have to repeat this several times before they stay still because they are not asked for this at every feeding.
To me that is one very, very fine line between being aggressive or "gimme gimme my food" with impatience.
To me, when dealing with 1000 pound on average animals, a line to fine to want it to be defined.
Only you can decide what it is you want to allow, to deal with...
Ordinarily you feed and are comfortable with the behaviors exhibited...
But what happens when it isn't you feeding or dealing with the horses is the problem..unexpected changes can happen.
No, the horses will respond differently to anyone else feeding is a fact, yes.
But if established what is expected everyday, every meal a lot better chance of better behaviors being present.
Consistency is what needs followed...same day in and day out.
I don't need anything other than my voice for my horses to respond and respect my space and my wishes...and I never not demand that respect....consistency!
If you are comfortable with what you have...leave it alone.
If you want change, then make changes but expect those new attitudes and manners to be done every day as sameness is a must with animals...
Respect, rules given and enforced by you makes daily interactions more pleasant and predictable in nature.