Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
It could be a situation of simple exuberance, but there are a few questions people will need to have answered to give the most accurate feedback.
What is the extent of his training?
A horse who has been taught/ had ground manners enforced, knows not to act like that in the vicinity of humans. IMO, on or off lead. This is especially important around feeding time. Even though it is not directed at you, it could result in you or someone else inadvertently getting injured.
Is he alone in the pasture/paddock or does he have a companion?
Horses usually do best with a companion of some sort. Otherwise they can get rambunctious with you (their only companion) when they are trying to fulfill their need to socialize like a horse.
What is your experience handling/riding horses?
This will determine what you will be able to do on your own and how much help you might need.
How old is he?
Young horses are much more playful than the older ones, sometimes to the point they annoy their older counterparts, at which point the "adults" might discipline them.
Has he been gelded?
In most cases gelding makes a horse more compliant and easier to handle.
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer