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post #1 of 3 Old 09-12-2008, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Need some advice! (long)

I am currently boarding my horse at a stable that I absolutely love.(I also work there on the weekends and some evenings.) I board outside during spring through start of fall because my horse LOVES and would rather be outside. There has been some changes to the herd recently. Some new horses have come in, including mares (initially just a gelding only pasture) and some horses have left. Well my boy is only 2 and was about mid herd before one of the head horses left. After that he started falling down the todome pole. He is being kicked and bitten, mane being pulled out and he has become a complete loaner. He is smart to stay away. I found the horse that is beating him up and she is brand new to the stable!
She is a standardbred and will try to kick you when you go out to get your horse! She is a pasture pet and knows NO discipline! I thought that my boy was getting the brunt of her but a sweet little paso fino is getting kicked to a point he is bleedng. I am pretty close to the owners of the stable but they have had some medical issues and I would hate to bring this up since my horse is coming in this weekend. I let the barn manager know and said she was going to move her, but if she moves her to another pasture she is going to kick the crap out of the other horses! Right now I am unable to ride and continue Vegas' training because of two huge welts on his side in path of the saddle. Poor guy! I had actually been out of town when this horse came into the pasture and so this is the first time I was able to really check him out! Should I say something to that mares owner? Should I say something to the stable owners? I just know if you have an aggressive dog at a bark park, they need to be removed from the park. Shouldn't that be the same for a pasture? :(
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-13-2008, 12:25 AM
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the herd will work itself out with the new bossy mare - - as for you, carry a lunge whip or a hand whip out with you when you trek out in the pasture. It's annoying when they have to settle in, but once they're there - you shouldnt have anymore problems.

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-13-2008, 09:54 PM
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How long has the new mare been there? The horses will need some time to sort out their new hierarchy for sure. I would allow a month before the worst of it is over if there are many horses. The little stuff may be around for a long, long time. The BOSS will be the BOSS.

I don't know if it's a stdbd thing or not, but both mares I have are very bossy stdbds. Regardless, in the end, they will all work it out unless that mare has some unusual issues.
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