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    12-06-2012, 09:02 PM
Horses in the field.

At the farm where I board my yearling filly, there is 2 other horses. She is in with them almost all the time. There is a 7ish year old mustangs/quarter horse gelding, a 16 year old paint mare and my coming 2 year old quarter horse filly.

My question is, what horse, in your opinion is, or will become the leader? It seems like my filly, even though she is the newest member, and the youngest, is starting to take her place near the top, but what about the other 2, the gelding or the mare?

Or will my filly be at the bottom of the pecking order?

I do not know if you can answer this, but please try your hardest, here are pics:

Bliss: 7 yr old bay gelding:

Robin: 16 yr old black and white mare:

Breeze: 1.5 yr old black quarter horse filly:

I do not work with the other 2, only my filly.
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    12-06-2012, 09:03 PM
These pictures are also from between the middle of June and end of september.
    12-06-2012, 09:04 PM
Im going to guess the oldest mare, usually its the older mare if there is no stallion. That's how it is at our place. Not saying that's that's case every time of coarse
    12-06-2012, 09:19 PM
Id say the older mare also from the looks of all the horses except for the black filly their all obese in serious need of weight loss.
    12-06-2012, 09:22 PM
It depends 100% on the individual horses and their temperaments. If the older mare isn't a strong leader, then either the gelding or your filly will be the alpha. The only way to know for sure who will be in charge is to wait and see who takes the lead.

For example, I have a Belgian mare that is around 10 years old. It doesn't matter what other horses you put her in with, she is always at the very bottom of the pecking order. On the other hand, her son (who is half QH) established his place as alpha in my larger herd within just a few weeks of being turned out with 6 other geldings who's ages ranged from 8 to 25...and Rafe was barely 2 at the time.
    12-06-2012, 09:27 PM
Green Broke
I agree with Smrobs. It really depends on their personalities. My grey is the alpha, and she isn't the oldest. I think Havok (almost 2 yrs old) will try to challenge her once he is older. He's already starting it in little ways.
    12-06-2012, 09:32 PM
Green Broke
It's quite possible your filly becomes alpha horse if it's looking that way now. Horses weren't brought up on the old "respect your elders rule". If they were in the wild, it might be a different story but in a controlled pasture setting it becomes more about who gets the biggest share of the feed, who's the first to drink, etc. Since that group looks extremely well fed they probably don't have the desire or need to do a lot of serious competing. The one exception might be the gelding as he looks like he's got some energy to expend.

Now, if you don't mind my saying, I see your girl is wearing a rope halter that looks alittle on the big side. Those are the ones that can easily catch on something and cause trouble if left on in the pasture - perhaps something else not as sturdy and snugger fitting could be used if you need to leave one on her.

She's a nice looking filly, by the way.
    12-06-2012, 11:46 PM
If your filly is the dominant one, I would move her to where she is more towards the bottom and has a leader that can teach het some lifelong herd skills.
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