I want to know how many horses you keep in the same pasture and how they act toward each other.
Here's my small novel:
Shadow is 17 and is the boss in whatever group he's with. He's very agressive toward other horses and always latches on to one particular horse. He used to be with my mom's older mare who is 23 now, and she always kept him humble. Once she started getting older he started pushing her around a little more and more.
When Shadow moved with me he had my hubby's gelding. The gelding passed away and the same day our friend brought their horse over so he could have a friend. I bought 2 of our mares, Dawnie and Dusty. I tried to put them all together but Shadow heavily guarded our friends horse and wouldn't let the 2 mares near him and then would chase them and try(succeeded a couple times) to kick the snot out of them. I had to divide the large pasture into two smaller ones and keep the pairs separate.
The friend's gelding gets sold and Shadow freaks whenever the mares walk out of sight. So I put the 3 of them together again. Shadow picks Dawnie as his "Mimi" as we call it and poor Dusty gets the bites and the hearding around. No where as bad as it was at first though.
I took them to my mom's house (where they are now) and had the 3 together still and got tired of Dusty's rump all knicked up all the time from teeth marks so I took her out and put her with my mom's older mare (who used to be Shadow's Mimi, but has forgotten about her because he has Dawnie). Shadow and Dawnie are great together, he keeps her in check and she's a PITA enough not to let him pick on her.
Dusty, who was at the bottom of the totem pole, and my mom's mare got along great. Until one of them, I assume, came into heat - then it was an all out squeal and kick-fest. Dusty ended up cutting the mare's leg and we had to separate them. We put Dusty in the paddock next to her and they would kick through the fence. We put Dusty on the other side of the barn. Then decided to put her in with my mom's other mare, who had never really been with a pasture-mate. Dusty proceeded to pin her in shelter and kick her. So now they are fence-mates and are inseperable, as long as there is a fence there.
I bought Chance(Dusty's sister) and Cody(Dusty's mom) and the woman told me that Cody used to always keep Dusty humble, as did Shadow and Dawnie. Chance and Cody co-exist just fine.
Sooooooooo... How in the world do I get all these dang horses with issues to live together as one big happy family. Once I get Chance and Cody to our place when we get home I am going to try to put Dusty in with them and see how that goes. Ideally I would like to turn them all(5) out together in one big turn-out pasture sometimes. I know there has to be a pecking order, but why the heck can't they work it out, without trying to kill each other, and move on peacefully???
My opinion is Shadow definitely has some insecurity issues - why I don't know - his nick name is Forrest Gump if that means anything LOL Does anyone have any suggestions on this, or just some general info about what you guys do??