Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I imagine they are just establishing hierarchy, but I would also take the halters off. It is too easy to get stuck on fences, trees, etc. I've heard of a horse get it's hoof stuck in it halter from bringing it's hind leg up to scratch their face like a dog does. She broke her neck. I don't mean to scare you, I just want you to see that it is a serious matter to leave halters on. The mare I mentioned was in her stall.
ETA: Mares also establish hierarchy, usandpets. You forget that wild herds do have an alpha mare.
I caution stepping in, though. There is no reason to get hurt. Maybe feed them further away from each, but unless these horses have superb respect for you, I wouldn't get in the middle of a horse fight any sooner than I'd get in the middle if a dog fight. O_o
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Last edited by riccil0ve; 02-05-2011 at 11:26 AM.