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    09-16-2009, 08:08 PM
  #1
Foal
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Hi all , this is my first post. Most of the time I just cruise these forums for info. I am wondering how many of you out there have very passive horses that seem to be constantly picked on and if you have any ideas on what to do about it. My horse is a seven year old that does not have a mean bone in his body. Everywhere he's lived he has been lowest in the pecking order and doesnt even attempt to defend himself against other horses attacks. Its never been TOO bad ,but recently his injuries are getting worse ( new three year old twh around) Yesterday he was bitten so badly it was an open wound- hanging open I mean! I need some ideas. I've seperated them in pens, but he still gets bitten over the fence. I think its good for his mind to be turned out on pasture to be a horse. I don't want to have to sentence him to solitary because he's so easy going....
     
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    09-16-2009, 08:11 PM
  #2
Weanling
The best thing to do is manage who he goes to pasture with. Put him with other wimpy horses. You can do nothing to make him be different, it's the way he is. Horses quickly work out their herd structure, and some horses just are always on the bottom of the pecking order.
     
    09-16-2009, 09:14 PM
  #3
Trained
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Originally Posted by 7Ponies    
The best thing to do is manage who he goes to pasture with. Put him with other wimpy horses. You can do nothing to make him be different, it's the way he is. Horses quickly work out their herd structure, and some horses just are always on the bottom of the pecking order.
I agree. It's really not that unusual for certain horses to not mix well in certain herds, either from being very passive, or being very aggressive. The best solution is to switch herds.
     
    09-16-2009, 09:17 PM
  #4
Yearling
My boy is like that so we just try different horses until we find one equally wimpy, but hey, im not going to complain about havin a sweet boy
     
    09-17-2009, 01:15 AM
  #5
Trained
They're not wimpy, they're just lovers, not fighters!

Agree with others. Remove any bullies from the herd or keep yours elsewhere with a more easygoing herd. Make sure there's enough room for him to get out of other's way, especially at feeding time.

But esp if the herd isn't secure, there will always be some bickering, until pecking order is established. If there are always horses coming & going, there may always be bickering. Also, not sure just how 'wimpy' your boy is, if he stays to put up with the treatment, even with a fence in between him & others
     

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