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        01-13-2010, 11:20 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Last time I let 2 of them duke it out one ended up dead.
         
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        01-13-2010, 11:56 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by whatarush43    
    But these two are driving me crazy. They are literally trying to kill each other. Rearing, pawing, full blown biting, kicking...they have taken down the fence seperating them three times now by fighting over the fence. ... Will continue with the same game plan that we have been doing. Hopefully they will work out thier issues.
    If they are taking down the fence, hot wire it. As long as they think they can get to each other, they will keep trying.
         
        01-13-2010, 12:11 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    Last time I let 2 of them duke it out one ended up dead.
    How big of an area were they in?

    How did the one die... as in how did the other horse kill it?
         
        01-13-2010, 01:31 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FlyinSoLow    
    How big of an area were they in?

    How did the one die... as in how did the other horse kill it?
    2 horses were in a 3 acre pasture. They had been working it out for about 10 days and had never made direct contact, they would never get that close to each other. Then when it turned colder and they went to the shed I think one got cornered and couldn't get away. He got a broken shoulder from a kick. None of my horses have shoes.
         
        01-13-2010, 02:25 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    So...if you do put them together, I would seperate them unless you can watch them or check in on them... don't leave them unattended over night...

    Perhaps even block off sheds/any tight space.

    For the reason's the poster above posted

    Sorry about your loss Churumbeque, hope this poster learns from your mistakes.
         
        01-13-2010, 02:52 PM
      #16
    Kay
    Foal
    You may want to try this. A sling-shot. Practice up. Then use it on who ever strikes first. It's best to hide in a loft or behind a tree or trailer. The mare will soon realize when she acts out she feels pain in the rear. About an hour so should do it or maybe more.

    We did this to a mare, she would not let a rather small pony eat, so my dad hid in the loft and the mare got it in the rear when she would bare her teeth at the pony. Soon the pony ruled all horses would move to let the pony eat.

    Just an old cowboy solution.
         
        01-13-2010, 04:20 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FlyinSoLow    
    So...if you do put them together, I would seperate them unless you can watch them or check in on them... don't leave them unattended over night...

    Perhaps even block off sheds/any tight space.

    For the reason's the poster above posted

    Sorry about your loss Churumbeque, hope this poster learns from your mistakes.
    It actually happened in the day so regardless of watching or not you couldn't stop it even if you saw it happen. I think it might possibly be easier if there were several horses in a large pasture so they could buddy up and avoid each other. I had thought about seperating them but they never made contact in fighting and the gelding isn't catchable so I had intended for him to be out for the winter. The filly couldn't go back to the barn because then she would be in a run next to a stallion. If I had a larger facility I would have had more options and been able to seperate them easier.
         
        01-13-2010, 11:11 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Thank you all for all the helpful advice....we are going to try putting them together this weekend with the other horses and babysit them for the day... we have the whole family home this weekend so will have plenty of help in case we need it.....the slingshot idea sounds interesting
         
        01-14-2010, 01:00 PM
      #19
    Started
    Last time I let 2 of them duke it out one ended up dead.

    What are you feeding your horses?! Sorry, I know that isn't funny but really.

    I will echo removing the shoes and put them together. Make sure they are fed using 4-6 separate piles of hay quite spaced from each other so there is NO reason to fight over food. I would over feed them for the next week also. Two water tanks & no halters on.

    Also, training wise I know Clinton Anderson has a technique that is to fix buddy sour horses... I wonder if you could reverse it to make them deal with each other? Its... two horses/two rides, ride the horses away from each other (Say 20 feet) and let them stand quietly looking at each other, ride them back towards each other and make them trot circles (IE work when your near your buddy, rest when your away from your buddy) ride father apart each time. Anyways it just popped into my head, I wonder if you reversed it to stand when they're near each other but work (trot circles) when they're apart if they'd get the picture... just a thought.
         

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