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post #1 of 21 Old 11-08-2013, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Cannot STAND this horse!

I want to clobber this mare my horse (Honey) is in with. Patty (the horse I want to clobber) bullies poor Honey when ever anyone is by their pasture. (probably some when no one is around) To the point of me not being able to touch my own horse because she, and the other mare, the "boss" run her off. Just last night honey was by the fence next to me, ( my sweet girl) and patty came over right behind her and bites her! I know horses will be horses, but honey was just standing there, further up the fence. The barn owner thinks they are fine, but I do not like it at all. Thankfully, patty will be moving out of their pasture next month. Just needed to vent. Thanks for listening! God Bless!
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-08-2013, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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And don't get me wrong, I like Patty, she's actually a sweet mare. I just can't stand my poor Honey gettting pushed around for no reason!
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post #3 of 21 Old 11-08-2013, 12:31 PM
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Everybody felt that way about "Tyke", my really good herd leader after he left the place he used to live. It's just how horses are. As long as the herd leader, the one you "hate", doesn't try to kill the other members of the herd, you just live with it and stop anthropomorphizing!! It makes the other horses feel secure to have a settled pecking order.
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post #4 of 21 Old 11-08-2013, 12:37 PM
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It's all natural herd behavior. The horse is not being mean to your horse, she is just reminding her of her place as lower in the herd. When she bit your horse last night, she was making sure that the lower horse (yours) did not get food or other attention without her getting it first.

Unless a horse is really being hurt, they merely have to work out their differences. If your horse is new to the herd, it will take some time to adjust. The one thing I will not stand for, however, is herd behavior near me when I am in the pasture with them. I would have chased the other mare off, not to protect mine, but because she is showing me disrespect by trying to dictate who I will give attention too.
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post #5 of 21 Old 11-08-2013, 12:59 PM
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There was a MFT gelding at my old barn that everyone hated. He was pushy, food aggressive (if you walked by his stall, especially if it was feeding time, he'd charge you and actually run into the fence), territorial, and just a mean little bugger. The few times Aires was turned out with him, he had my big ol' boy (who is naturally a herd leader) pinned in a corner and wouldn't let him out. When I would go to get Aires out of turnout, Monsoon not only chased Aires away from me (very aggressively), but also would not let me anywhere near Aires and was charging me down with pinned ears any time I took one step away from the gate. I'd finally had enough of that little horse's attitude and went back up to the barn to grab my lunge whip. The second he came at me (which was as soon as I walked through the gate), I snapped that whip out and cracked him with it. He stopped dead in his tracks and looked at me like "What the...?!" He came at me again as I took at step toward Aires and he got cracked with the whip again. After the third or fourth time he got cracked with that whip, he knew I wasn't going to back off and wasn't going to take any nonsense, so he retreated to a far corner of the turnout and stood there snaking his head, pinning his ears, and snorting. I don't think a human had ever put him in his place before (all his owner did was come out, slap his tack on [including a big ol' spade bit and she didn't have very soft hands at all], ride him, then put him away).
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post #6 of 21 Old 11-08-2013, 03:01 PM
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That dominant mare is thinking you have goodies and she's wanting them and not about to share. It is common for a more dominant horse to move another off it's spot. I'd hold a lunge whip thro the fence and slowly wave it side to side as the mare approaches. She may walk into it and get a smack but she'll move away and stay away as long as the whip is moving.
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post #7 of 21 Old 11-08-2013, 04:24 PM
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When you're in the pasture, you are herd leader. She's not allowed to disrespect you. If this mare tries to run off your mare, go out with a lead rope and pop her with it if she tries to get near her. After a few tries, I'm sure she won't try it again.
Other than that, as long as your mare isn't getting bit up/injured out there with her, she'll be fine. I don't think that a horse will just mercilessly pick on another one for no reason . Anyway, she's moving out soon anyway, so problem solved!

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post #8 of 21 Old 11-08-2013, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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When you're in the pasture, you are herd leader. She's not allowed to disrespect you. If this mare tries to run off your mare, go out with a lead rope and pop her with it if she tries to get near her. After a few tries, I'm sure she won't try it again.
Other than that, as long as your mare isn't getting bit up/injured out there with her, she'll be fine. I don't think that a horse will just mercilessly pick on another one for no reason . Anyway, she's moving out soon anyway, so problem solved!
I think my horse is fine, I just am sick of this horse who is not truly dominant ( her owner tells me she has always been bottom mare with 3 or more horses.)not letting me near my horse. I have always sent her off away from me, with a lead rope or throwing my hands. She isn't head mare, just a kinda dumb, young horse who thinks she has to have it all. Really when there are no people around, everything is okay, so I get ticked at this horse who is rude when I'm there. And thank you for not being a jerk!!
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post #9 of 21 Old 11-08-2013, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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The main thing that bothers me is that my horse is not a pushover. She has always been very dominant, and has been boss mare is several situations.
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-08-2013, 10:25 PM
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Alot better then this appy I used to board next to. He would lunge over the side of the stall and try to attack people and horses. My mare got so fed up she busted the wall between them down and beat the crap out of him (he could reach into her stall and try to maul her). NO ONE not even his owner felt bad for him. I will say now my mare is NOT a dominant mare, she lets minis push her around and I have had a horse bite her while I was grooming her and she just pinned her ears but did not kick or even try to. So for her to snap that bad... Yeah people would take lunge lines and send their horses at a trot past him before running past him just not to get bit. Some people would take a whip with them to hit him if he tried to bite. (this horse is messed up in the head seriously). SOOOOOO glad I don't deal with him anymore.
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