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post #1 of 4 Old 08-07-2011, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Buddy/Pasture Issues

I'm looking for any input...here is my situation:
I have a 14 year old Morgan gelding who I have had since he was a weanling. He is well trained, great to ride, and smart. He's also very dominant with other horses. My problem is with how the heck to manage him in the pasture.

There is a mare in the pasture next to him that he seems to have a strong bond with. When she is out grazing, he can see her and is fine. However, sometimes she goes into her shed and he cannot see her. When she is out of sight, he paces back and forth and whinnies, almost in a panic. I think the problem is because sometimes the mare is there and sometimes she is not...
My neighbor has a lush green pasture which she's invited me to turn him out on to graze. Well, even if you put another horse with him, because he can't see his "friend" from there, he won't even eat!
He's just fine to load him up and go riding - no whinnying, no missing his buddy, doesn't throw a fit at all.
I don't know what to do for him because I've tried two different "pasture buddies" and he's either too pushy and it becomes a bad situation for the other horse or he doesn't want anything to do with them. I also tried keeping him alone for about six months and he walked the fence for the entire six months.
I can't exactly tell the neighbors how to manage their horses for the benefit of mine, so I'm not sure what to do. The only answer I've currently come up with is to try to sell him, but I'd really rather not!
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-07-2011, 02:49 PM
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Have you ever tried finding a mare as a pasture buddy for him? Maybe he's more of a ladies man, and that's why he's so concerned about his neighbor. haha Actually, he's probably just desperate for some horsie company. I know some pretty aggressive horses, but as soon as you take away the other horses in their paddock they get really upset. They may be aggressive, but they don't want to be alone. They just need to find a friend that will put up with their crap.

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I did try a mare...he was just too much for her. I absolutely think you're right though, he's a ladies man :) and it's a matter of finding the right friend that will put up with his crap.
At the moment though, I'm sort of stuck. I only have room (and budget) enough for two and my other gelding is a really nice horse as well but I can't turn them out together and having the other gelding hasn't stopped the pacing...
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-07-2011, 03:29 PM
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Is the neighbor that has offered you use of her pasture the same one with the mare? Maybe you can make a deal with her to let them be in the same pasture together?

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