Yesterday, Racer decided to show me what he thinks of stall confinement, and when I entered his stall, he turned his rump to me and threatened me! He hasn't done that since he was a baby? I wasn't doing anything but visiting him which I do often, only this time I was bringing hay. I looked at this rump quivering in my direction and his back legs tucked and I had my waffle stompers on so I raised up and kicked him in the butt. Then I went over to his front very carefully and yelled at him for doing this to me. He turned around and was better, though I watched him out of the corner of my eye while I was busy in his stall. Right before I left, he turned around and bit me in my wrist as I passed!
I was in such pain and I lost it. I grabbed his head that he had flung way high, I had to jump to reach it and I finally got him in a lock and I squeezed his nose and I yelled at him. I told him I was sorry he was sick, that I was sorry that he was confined, but if he ever did this again, he would be sorrier than me. I backed away, checked my bite and calmed down (still in his stall) When I was calmer, I went up to him again and just talked to him. I was still pissed, but there were no hands laid on him except in love now. I just told him I am doing the best I can, and he has to work with me and not against me. I think we are friends now, but I am unsure where this behavior came from?
This morning, I opened up his stall to release him for the day- maybe that will make a difference?