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post #41 of 46 Old 09-18-2013, 12:30 AM
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That's hard to say. If I had one like him I think I would try turning him out with the most dominant horse in the herd only and let him get some sense knocked into him (within reason, obviously you don't want any permanent damage). My guess would be, and this is just a guess, that as long as he has 2 other socially unaccepted horses to hang out with he won't learn how to become part of the main herd.
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post #42 of 46 Old 09-18-2013, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by DriftingShadow View Post
Thankfully he mainly gets into scuffles with his two buddies ( a 5 year old and another 4 year old) and leaves everyone else alone. The first day we turned him out he got his booty handed to him because he tried to take on the entire herd. He still picks on everybody when he feels snotty, and when a new guy gets introduced he tries to run them around, but as soon as they kick him back he just pulls faces and leaves them alone.

He will occasionally still try to run Drifter around even when out in the big herd, but D is thankfully smart and has made friends with the older and wiser Hanoverian who is the peace keeper. He usually runs Whiskey off from Drifter. I'm hoping he will eventually learn how to behave. Wisdom comes with age, right?

It is very annoying owning "that" horse though
And as awful as it is, I am glad I at least am the owner of his main target. So its just me involved dealing with the cuts and kicks.

He and his three friends are usually kept separate from everyone else. I have noticed the more dominant horses typically run them off if they get too close- almost like the herd is "shunning" them for being instigators. Its actually really interesting to watch! It's like "as the herd turns" ha ha.

Not to get off the original topic of this thread- but If they are "kicked out" of the main group long enough will they eventually settle down and behave in order to be let back in? Or since they have formed the terrible threesome will they just become a herd by themselves and not learn anything?
Probably they form the bachelor herd, in the wild it's young stallions, kicked out of their herd and form another. The stronger ones eventually start stealing mares from stallions and either win them and form their own herd, or have to take a serious beating.
Let's hope wisdom will eventually come......
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post #43 of 46 Old 09-18-2013, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Desert!

I always forget to apply the stuff I know about wild herds to the domesticated ones in our barns as well.

All of the barns in my area split mares from geldings and vice versa. My particular barn has the options to pay for private paddocks for $20 more a month, but many of the lots dont offer as much shade from the awful MS heat as the "communal" pasture does.

The big gelding pasture is about 120 acres, maybe a little more or less. They have 3 ponds (which Drifter takes countless advantage of) and scattered shelters and runs in and a lot of tree cover. There are about 23 geldings in there right now and in the two years I've been there, we've only had one problem with a psychotic aggressive TB/QH who attacked everyone and everything (horse and human).

Drifter always threw fits when I tried to move him to a private paddock, but Whiskey has seemed to be more easy going about being alone. It doesnt change his personality any. I'm still debating- but I might move him into a pasture that is currently occupied by a good friend's no nonsense large pony. It would keep Whiskey from annoying everyone and in turn getting beat up to the point of losing sleep- and I'm hoping maybe my friend's pony Cody would teach him some social graces while still allowing him at least some (albeit limited) horse to horse contact.

Here's hoping! I would hate to have to make it so he couldn't be turned out with anyone like in his previous situation.
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post #44 of 46 Old 09-18-2013, 02:21 PM
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Just a thought.....have you looked into Bach Flowers for him? Google Bach flower remedies for horses...
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Nope- i have never even heard of that! I will look into it now! I'm on the campus library bored out of my mind so its the perfect opportunity!

Thank you for everything Desert! You have helped me so much with D and W BOTH! The advice you gave me about feeding W really helped him a ton! He is finally starting to look like a horse and not like a tall, thin, reedy looking thing.

I owe you so much!
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post #46 of 46 Old 09-18-2013, 02:41 PM
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No you don't, just keep your horses happy....
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