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post #11 of 15 Old 10-06-2011, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Still at it...

Well, my two geldings are still at each other. Nearly every day there are new cuts bumps and bruises. The arab has a hard lump (I assume from a kick) on the front of his back hock, just below the gaskin. He isn't lame but even after about 10 days, he still has a bit of a lump. I am hoping the bone didn't chip. Two days ago, the old guy got a nasty gash on the outside of his front leg, which left a leaf sized flap of flesh just below his shoulder. I have cleaned and treated him for infection, but am still worried about the sparring. The Arab continually picks fights with the old guy but just now I looked out in the pasture and they were grooming each other. Go figure!!
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-29-2011, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Still at it and my boy keeps getting hurt!

So my geldings are still at it, although I don't see them fighting as much. When I do see them, it looks like play, but every day my Arab (Koolio) has new cuts and scratches. As usual, he seems to be the one to instigate, but Sam (my old guy), never gets so much as a hair out of place.

I can live with the scratches as they are minor, but I am worried now about Koolio's behaviour. He used to be the first at the fence and would whinny every time he saw me. He couldn't wait to be rubbed and scratched all over, especially his face. Now he doesn't want to be touched, especially on his face and has grown very aloof. He is becoming more and more head shy and turns away when I approach him. I can still catch him with no problems and he is great when I ride him (in fact better than he has ever been), but when he is loose in the field, he doesn't want to be touched. I have been making an effort to halter him and gently groom him (without following up with a ride), but he's edgy.

He did get zapped on the electric fence a couple of times so I am careful to stay well a way from the fence. It is also very dry and getting colder, so much more static in the air. I am careful not to "shock" him when I touch him and will pick up more coat conditioner and some flax today to help get some oils back in his coat. Other than that, I am at a loss as to what to do or why this is happening.

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post #13 of 15 Old 10-29-2011, 09:49 AM
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slapsies??? That's cute. I've never heard it called that.

Here we call it "bite face" or my favorite ... "snake neck".

Anyone else call it something different?

Our BO had the same problem as you....and sometimes the boys would get some nasty facial wounds....she just seemed to take it in stride. She said they were just playing......still, they were hurting each other bad enough to leave facial scars....

She didn't tolerate kicking though, as some of them were show horses and she didn't want to risk injury. She did seperate them from time to time....especially during show season.

Other than the kicking her show horse, she didn't care about the wounds.

Personally, I would not like it....and we are facing a similar situation to you but on a lesser scale. Our gelding is always biting our mare's butt....sometimes taking off bits of hair, and once scraped off some skin.....

I don't like it much...and if it doesn' t stop or if it escalates, he's going into a seperate pasture.

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post #14 of 15 Old 11-11-2011, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Separation time for damage control

The fighting between my two geldings continues and so do the injuries. Every day there is new blood on Koolio, my Arab gelding. When I look out in the pasture, the boys act like best friends, but clearly when we are not home, or not looking, they are at each other.

This morning Koolio has a deep cut on the side of his neck. It is all the way through the skin and enough that I considered taking him in to get it stitched. It's not bleeding much, the vet is closed today, and I don't know how long ago it happened (early this morning or sometime last night), so it won't get any stitches. I have cleaned and dressed it with Polysporin and hope it won't leave much of a scar. Along with the multiple cuts he has on his face and body, he also has a deep one on the underside of his jaw that I have been flushing and treating daily. It looks like it may have abscessed a bit, but is draining well and finally starting to heal. Again, this was caused by the fighting.

I was off work most of this week for fall break, and so have been spending time working with Koolio to get him over being so head shy and mistrustful. He used to love me to rub his forehead and face, and now with all the cuts and being static zapped a few times, I can barely catch him, never mind touch his face. His cut under his jaw is also painful and in need of treatment, so this isn't helping our relationship much either.

Fortunately, I do have 2 pastures and was able to put Sam (the old guy) in the second pasture. This isn't ideal since winter is approaching fast and getting water to him will be a challenge. The run in shed in that pasture is also full of hay and fenced off, so he doesn't have a shelter. There is adequate wind break and he usually doesn't go under the shed anyways. If needed, I will blanket him.

This whole situation is so frustrating and saddening. I love both horses dearly, but Koolio is my baby and I hate seeing him get hurt. Even worse, the very strong bond we had is fading fast. I am hoping that by separating the two of them things will improve. As soon as I moved Sam over the fence this morning, Koolio followed me all over. I don't know if he "knows" I am trying to protect him, or if he is curious as to why Sam is out. At any rate, things have to get better soon. Any other ideas would be appreciated!
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Hmm.. well good luck!

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” - Unknown
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