Ranger had the audacity to "snake dance" with me this morning! He decided the hay I had given them didn't have enough alfalfa mix to it, so he very sneakily took Estes' hay, by pretending to eat nicely by her until yours truly turned her back. I was picking the corral and when I looked over my shoulder he had pushed Estes away. I moved Ranger away, sending him back to his own hay. When I turned around again, he was standing in the middle of Estes' hay, giving her what-for to move off. When I walked over and told him "no", he put the old head down and started the snake dance. Not a good idea! I still had a very sturdy manure fork in my hand and it comes in quite handy as "alternative training". It never touched the old boy, but he got the idea I was not happy about his behavior.
When he calmed down, I leaned the fork against a tree, got a piece of twine and looped it around his neck. (A piece of twine is how I move all the horses around. see Baling Twine) As I led him to the small pen to eat alone, he danced very carefully around the fork. Obviously, it wasn't to be trusted. Funny, I had just walked past him with it without even a flinch (after we had come to agreements). Bill said putting him in a small pen to eat alone wasn't much punishment, since he was locked in with his own food. Shows how little he understands his own horse's psyche. Ranger would take a bite, then walk back and forth along the fence staring at the other horses at the big feeder. He got the picture. He's a dominant and he was being kept away from the herd. He was much subdued when Bill and I let him out three hours later. He very nicely let me put the string around his neck and lead him back to the herd.