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    01-29-2013, 05:24 PM
Originally Posted by kntry    
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.
It sounds like your other two are getting tired of him. I think part of it might be due to his age. Are there mares in the herd? If so are any in heat? All males are castrated right?

Other more experienced people I have a theory but I don't want to say try it to the OP, what about short interaction times? I imagine it would be possible for the newer (young) horse to just be too full of himself and just pestering the others to the point they just can't take it. What about doing daily interactions? Possibly making sure the said horse is worked before interaction either through riding, active lunging, games...something interactive. Then let the horses interact for an hour or two then separate again?

That way so this new horse can learn to interact with the new horses when he has expelled his energy and when the current horses are more tolerant because they haven't been bothered for hours on end. This could all be supervised to make sure nothing would escalate. Most of it sounds like a pesky youngster that is getting on the senior's nerves and stressing out the others. I'm thinking full separation just may cause the horse to become more unsocial.
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    01-29-2013, 05:33 PM
The horse has been doing this for SIX MONTHS. This isn't a training, interaction, or 'make him tired' issue, it's an aggression issue.

I had a horse aggressive gelding. There was absolutely nothing I could do other than separate him from the majority of horses. He would have killed or been killed when it came to most horses.

As long as he can see the other horses he should be fine by himself. The OP may find another horse with whom he can become buddies, but in the meantime for the safety and well being of ALL the horses he needs to be separated.
    01-29-2013, 05:49 PM
Hmm, guess I was going down the track that the horse was being more of an obnoxious youngster than horse aggression. A horse that perhaps had not been socialized properly for long amount of time. It sounded like the draft was being a lot more aggressive than the new horse which was just non-stop playing. I was basing my thoughts on that.

I agree though that horses that are horse aggressive will most likely stay horse aggressive throughout their entire lives.
    01-29-2013, 08:57 PM
The Draft is not aggressive at all. Neither is the Buckskin. The Draft is reacting to the situation. He's tired of being aggravated. I've watched him with his head to the ground, off by himself grazing. The horse walks up to him and starts nipping at his neck. He will not stop until the Draft starts nipping back and then raring up, leading to chasing.

My son's two horses are about the same age as my Buckskin. My son's first horse nips at the Buckskin and chases him but they are playing. The Buckskin will chase him once in a while. It's the newer horse that is causing the problems.
    01-29-2013, 09:08 PM
My moms gelding is a jerk like that. He espesially loves to chase the donkey around nipping at his butt and then in the begging of December when I move my TB back from a boarding stable(my mom lets me keep her there for free, just pay for food) he would not leave her alone the first 2 days, constantly chasing her and having kick fests, I was really worried they were going to hurt each other but some of the fence of our other pasture blew down in hurricane sandy so I didn't have a place to separate them(and I think if I put Bella in the other field she would have jumped the fence). Now he only chases her when he gets a bug up his butt. He's 2 short videos of his antics.
Legacy chases the donkey - YouTube

then Legacy chases Bella - YouTube
    01-29-2013, 09:27 PM
Legacy is gorgeous!

We had a donkey for a while. He and the Draft were inseparable. All of a sudden, the donkey started picking on the Draft. The Draft had bite marks and kick scrapes all over him from the donkey. He never hurt the donkey. I finally gave the donkey away.

I forgot to answer before but yes, these are all geldings.
    01-29-2013, 09:40 PM
Green Broke
Ever heard the expression "Boys will be boys"? If it was settling the order in the herd, it wouldn't go on for 6 months.

Ours do this all the time. I do not think it is aggression. It sounds like they are playing. Some play more rough than others. When they don't want to play any more or at all, they will put the playful one in its place.

We have an 8 month old colt in with our geldings. One chases him all over. We have seen him let the others know he's had enough. He double barreled another in the chin. It was so cute, him standing up to the others. Two of the geldings didn't seem to know how to play when we got them. Now all get into it at some point. Their ages are 8 months, one is 6, one is 7, two are 9 and one is 11. You can see and hear them bite one another. They will rear. They will kick out and make contact at times. There are marks on pretty much each of them. Some have been kind of bad.

Horses will be horses and boys will be boys. Together you get geldings will be geldings. I don't see mares do this very often.
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    01-29-2013, 09:46 PM
I have a couple of problems with letting them be boys. My Buckskin is scared to death of him. If the horse even looks like he's walking towards the Buckskin, he literally runs to the other side of the pasture.

Yesterday when my DH came home and found them all running, the Buckskin ran right to him and stayed next to him.

The Draft outweighs this horse by about 1000 lbs. If he gets him on the ground again, I'm afraid the Draft is going to stomp him. DH said he was snorting yesterday, he was so mad.

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