Spin-off of Horse hit by other boarder - pasture horse extraction problems
I was reading the other thread about the horse who got hit by the other boarder. It got me to thinking about my situation. My horse is in pasture board with 10 other horses. 5 of these just got added recently, to take them off the 'hay' pasture.
Anyway, since those guys got added, whenever I need to take my horse out of the pasture there are a few extremely pushy horses crowding the gate and I have had to resort to whapping them with the lead rope and yelling at them.
First I try whirling the rope fast so it makes that buzzing sound; this ordinarily backs off the regulars, and I never have to touch them with the rope. But these new guys don't respond to that.
One in particular I've had to drive off as many as four times before he backed off enough for me to get my horse out. The only way to get him to back off is by actually whapping him with the lead rope.
It occurred to me after reading this thread that if the owners saw me doing this, they might be horrified. But I feel I'm justified - it's a dangerous situation and I'm dealing with it in the way that works. I could use a whip, I suppose - but I don't see how that's really any better than the lead rope.
Ideas? Do you think I'm going to get in hot water over this? I have to look out for my safety, don't I?