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    12-30-2010, 01:19 PM
I don't leave a halter on Jack either, it's just too risky that he'll get caught on something. ESPECIALLY since he is always into everything. He will take them off when standing tied if he can't untie himself. I watched him do it once, it was pretty amazing. He rubs his head on his shoulder until he gets it over one ear, then he switches sides and shakes the stinking thing off. Turd.
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    12-30-2010, 01:59 PM
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Unfortunatly for you the time where you could have done something about this behavior has already come and gone.

Generaly it is best practice to wean them, geld them and then turn them out with alpha mares that are not thier mothers. This teaches them manners and how to play nicely with others. Unfortunatly it does have to be done just after weaning.
    12-30-2010, 02:06 PM

Lakota used to be so dominant that he would cahse horses through the matter if they were mares or geldings. We put him out with the meanest and most dominant mare at our place...he could have cared less. She would kick out at him constantly and he would just kick her harder. Finall, he spent 2 1/2 months by himself in the pasture cause he couldn't get along with any horse. Now he's out with 2 other horses and they get along just perfectly. No fighting or anything.
    12-30-2010, 02:09 PM
That's exactly what should've happened. Unfortunately it did not so I have to deal with it as best as I can.

It did seem to help him to be moved to my parent's house. It was just him and my old completely non-aggressive mare. He harassed her quite a bit at first, but he seemed to gradually become less tense and started learning that an ear being laid back was sufficient to get her to move. By the time she passed he had pretty much stopped biting her (beyond normal horse crap) and they would eat out of the same hay pile or she would flirt/annoy him and he wouldn't react. Hopefully he'll get to that point with Lily at some point.

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