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post #1 of 18 Old 01-29-2013, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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Do your horses chase

Each other and nip but note bite?

We never had this problem until our son brought in a new horse about 6 months ago. When they're out in the field, he chases the other 3 horses or he'll walk up to one eating grass and start nipping at their necks. There Re no bite marks but plenty of hoof scratches where the hair and top layer of skin is shaved off.

My Buckskin is non aggressive and gets chased the most. His back leg has bad scrape all the way to his hoof and is swollen.

This hose is now picking on our DRaft that out weighs him by about 1000 lbs. The Draft has had him on the ground already but the horse won't stop. We're afraid the Draft is going to kill him.

Do your horses "play" like this? I really don't think they're playing but don't know much about this. I just know that the horses weren't cut up until this new one came into the herd.
My son says they're just playing.
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-29-2013, 10:24 AM
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They're not playing. Your son's horse is vying for the herd leader position, or at the very least, number two.

If it's been going on for 6 months, this isn't regular herd order dynamics. Your son's horse may need to be separated from the others for being too aggressive.
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-29-2013, 11:02 AM
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Horses are herd animals and they live by a certain packing order.... there is always more and less dominant horses if you keep them together. There is a lot of biting, kicking and chasing going on in my herd of 7 horses but not to the point that one of them gets injured or seriously hurt. After a while they figure out who is the boss and accept that, so you might have to separate him from the group...
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post #4 of 18 Old 01-29-2013, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. That's what I thought.

A few weeks ago, the Draft had him on the ground. Luckily, we were there Nd stopped him. Yesterday, my DH came home to find them all running. The Draft was chasing him, snorting and would not stop. My DH said he looked like he would have killed him if he would not have gotten home when he did. The Draft and my Bickskin are so calm and peaceful. They just want to be left alone.

He's not very bright!
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Agreed about separating him. Too bad. My 3 kick and bite each other, but hang within sight during turnout. They even pick up their Jolly ball and even sticks and play tug o'war. Your son's horse sounds like he hasn't been socialized. It will take a very tough herd leader to knock some sense into him without killing him. My horse, "Tyke" (1970-1998, RIP) could have done the job.

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I don't know if the Draft will kill him or not. When the other was on the ground, he was yelling but the Draft didn't hurt him. Things have escalated since then. They are raring up at each other and not stopping when we yell or crack the whip in the air.
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I would seperate them before yourself or the horses get hurt.

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post #8 of 18 Old 01-29-2013, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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My son is supposed to have separated them this morning. He is furious at me right now because he hates the Draft and is blaming it on him. His horse just wants to play and the Draft is causing the problems. He'll get over being mad or, oh well. It's better than another horse getting hurt or killed.

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Just thought I would provide examples of fighting horses verses playing horses. They tend to make a lot more noise, a lot more ear pinning, and hard kicks make contact. Though if any animals are being stressed out through fighting or play they should be separated. How old are all the horses in question?

Fighting horses (extreme case):


Playing horses (despite the title...ignore it they are playing):


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post #10 of 18 Old 01-29-2013, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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It's a cross between the ones fighting and playing. A lot rougher.

My buckskin runs from them. When he gets cornered, he'll turn and kick but not hard.

The ones I'm worried about are the newer horse and Draft. The newer horse will continue nipping at the Draft until he stops eating and starts raring up. In the last few days, the Draft has started chasing him down because he'a tired of the aggravation

3 of the horses are 3-6 years old and the Draft is about 8-9.
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