He is very defensive. Perhaps in her advancing age, your horse is feeling more vulnerable and less able to protect herself.
Anyway - I just keep my distance from other horses, warn new riding companions that he cowkicks when crowded, and put a ribbon in his tail on group rides.
I avoid idiots who don't listen to the warning and are clueless as to where they are in relation to other horses/riders. No more riding with them.
He's getting better with horses he knows. But I am always careful.
Annually I go on a huge multi day ride. It's fun and most of the riders are very experienced good horsewomen. But some are too busy yakking to pay attention.... I have a huge red ribbon I put on his tail and in neon yellow puffy paint I wrote CAUTION I KICK It's so over the top no one is insulted and it's kind of a joke - but everyone stays away!
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