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  • MY FRIENDS ARE BEATING EACOTHER UP
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    11-06-2010, 05:30 PM
  #1
Weanling
Help, my horses are beating eachother up!

I have no idea where to post this, so here it goes. My two RMH a 2yo gelding and a 3yo prego mare are beating eachother up if there isn't a steady supply of hay. To the point where they are pushing each other down on the ground.

They get 1/2 bale of hay in the am and the other 1/2 in the pm along with grain. They paddock is about 30x70ft with a shelter. Any ideas? I really don't want the mare to get hurt enough to hurt the baby. (She is only 4mos)
     
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    11-06-2010, 05:41 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I would separate them. How long have they been together? Some/alot of mares and geldings don't get along and with the mare being pregnant I would not have them together.
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    11-06-2010, 06:18 PM
  #3
Trained
If you don't want to give them more hay, I would separate them. Food is on the top of the list for horses to fuss with each other over.
     
    11-06-2010, 06:25 PM
  #4
Weanling
They have been together all their lives. The plan is to start giving them more hay, hopefully that will help. They will be separated in Jan. I just don't want them to get hurt before then!
     
    11-06-2010, 11:14 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Put in a round bale, so they're never out of hay.

Or, give them more hay.
     
    11-06-2010, 11:44 PM
  #6
Yearling
Give them more hay or seperate them, really the only options there are. If you give them more hay and they continue to fight even before they run out, then it is time to seperate them. I won't take chances with any horses fighting but one being pregnant would make me EXTREMELY nervous! And don't people it when people tell you 'the horses will work it out themselves' - don't take that chance.
     
    11-07-2010, 01:09 AM
  #7
Started
That paddock is too small for two horses, split them up immediately. It could be very dangerous for the mare's health too if she aborts the baby due to trauma. She needs all the hay she wants & plentiful supply of fresh water, vitamins & good quality grain. Personnally I prefer pellets for digestability.
     
    11-07-2010, 12:29 PM
  #8
Foal
I would be very careful with the mare being preggo. 2 months is still awhile for them to be together.
     
    11-07-2010, 12:33 PM
  #9
Weanling
I am going to talk my brother into separating the field today, the shelter is big enough for them to share with a fence down the middle, hopefully this will help and we can just take down the fence when the gelding leaves in Jan...
     

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