So my friend Clara, who owns Major and I have posted lots of blogs with her in them, feeds at the barn on the weekend evenings. I got a phone call from her after my 9:30 shift Wednesday evening saying that Milo double barrel kicked her. So immediately I called her to get the details. Apparently, she wasnt sure how Milo and Chica were getting along, so decided to feed him on the fence so they werent in close proximity to each other for feeding. Although I have been told that they are getting along well (and even sharing the same grain bucket) for feeding time, Clara wasnt sure. I guess they ate their food just fine, but Milo had dragged the bucket into the pasture so she couldnt reach it from outside the fence. Not thinking anything of it, Clara went into his pasture to retrieve it. Bucket in hand, she returned back to the gate. I guess that is when Milo made his move.
He rammed his butt right up into her and nearly pinned her against the fence, double barrel kicking out all the while. While not landing a blow due to the close proximity, somehow Clara lost her footing and went down. She said she feared he would double around and pretty much maul her, but I guess he just resumed his kicking. With quick thinking, Clara got to her feet and launched the grain bucket at him making him back off just slightly, but allowing enough time for Jake's owner to hand her a longe whip through the fence. To which Clara went after him with.
Fortunately, Clara knows how I handle Milo and how to gain his respect. She very clearly let him know that his behavior was absolutely not acceptable, and got him backing away from her respectfully and yielding his hindquarters away each direction. I am most pleased that she did this so he immediately would know his behavior was unacceptable. And better yet, she was not hurt.
But this brings me back to this topic that seems to be haunting us and the talk of the barn lately. Its the hot topic that Milo is food aggressive, although Clara felt a different take on her account with him. She suggested that he is more territorial aggressive/dominant. But the food just ads to his dominance. While still unacceptable, its an interesting thought. I have been told by numerous people that he can get into their face/space if they enter his pasture, or take out another horse from it.
Fortunately, Chica's owner, Brittany, has not had any issues with Milo and I hope it remains that way. And I dont have any problems with him. But how can we make it totally clear to this little momma's-boy that he must respect anyone that interacts with him? It isnt necessarily fair or right for everyone to have to have a one-on-one session with him. Its just not possible. I cant do anything but be frustrated over the situation and throw my hands into the air. I am at a loss.