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post #1 of 7 Old 03-07-2013, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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Aggressive gelding

I have a 3 year old standardbred that has become very dominant and aggressive to my other horses. He is constantly biting and kicking them. Have seen him charge a few times. He never used to be dominant it has developed over the last 3 months or so.

I'm starting to think that for the safety of the other horses I should paddock him alone. Which I really do not want to do.
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Probably a really obvious question, but what, if anything you can recall, has changed in his life/surroundings in the past three months? For example, has anything changed in terms of the pecking order himself and the other horses he is turned out with regularly? Did a more dominant horse leave recently?

If nothing notable has changed in his environment or his "life" (moving to a new location, being ridden less/more, new caregivers, new feed...whatnot) recently, is his health within normal limits? Has he been checked by a vet recently/teeth/etc...

I am not a horse owner, but am not clueless...I would think these would be the initial questions to begin addressing when discerning what brought about this change...

As for whether you should move him in regard to turn out areas, I can understand perhaps not wanting to do so, as that may mean he'll be turned out alone, and that can be unsettling for a herd animal desiring companionship--or, perhaps, it is a "not enough space for separate turn out's" issue...

Ultimately, I would imagine, my greatest concerns were I in your position, would have to be protecting the others from being "dominated", (bitten, kicked, possibly really hurt badly by him) and simultaneously with that concern would be, again, the reason for the sudden change in his behavior.

Good to see you are considering the reasons for such and how to handle this, rather than just "leaving it be" to work itself out! His behavior would absolutely be causing me to constantly wrack my brain in effort to find "the answer"...

Maybe writing about possible causes will lead you down the right road and to the answer!

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Double post--so sorry!

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OMGOSH! WHAT HAPPENED?? So, so sorry for now TRIPLE POST! Arghh...

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Is he a gelding? And if is, could he be proud cut or staggy?

I would lean to that.

If so, you need to do something as he will end up hurting another horse, or sending them all through fence.

Get vet out or get horse over there to get blood tests done to tell if he is above level.

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Excellent point...when was he gelded? He should have his testosterone levels checked...SMART, Palomine! I love HF! :0)
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Is he a gelding? And if is, could he be proud cut or staggy?

I would lean to that.

If so, you need to do something as he will end up hurting another horse, or sending them all through fence.

Get vet out or get horse over there to get blood tests done to tell if he is above level.
If this was the case would be have shown aggression earlier?

The first time I noticed a change in his behaviour was about the same time as taking on a new gelding for my partner. They were grazed in a boarding environment where the horses were run as a heard of about 10. It was not unusual for horses to go and new horses to arrive.

Could it be a jealousy thing?

I now have him on our own property 3 geldings (inc him) and 2 young ones both gelded and about 15 months. I had hoped once he got taken away from the mares at boarding he would settle down.
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