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    08-06-2010, 09:23 PM
Cool does anyone else have to keep horses seperate?

I really hate this, I have seen two horses eat out of the same hay pile, heck I saw on here two horses with their heads in the same feed bucket.. my boys just refuse to get along and because of one giving the other bite marks, I keep them seperate and I hate it... why can't we all just get along??? Does anyone else have to do this or any ideas on how to make them best friends? They ride together, no prob and can be in the same pasture, but if I leave them together, sure as rain, my boy will have some hair missing the next morning.... }:~<
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    08-06-2010, 09:31 PM
If they eat out of the same feed bucket, maybe the bite marks are from the playing and you just aren't around when it happens? It's odd that one may be aggressive but not when food is involved.

I've seen my horse play with other horses (when he was boarded) and they rear up, nip and chase each other... but they're playing. He'd have marks on him occassionally, but nothing major.
    08-07-2010, 01:36 AM
Lilly and Pickles might have to be separated, when we get them home. Pickles is absolutely in love with her and good with other horses in general, but she doesn't seem to tolerate him unless there is a fence between them. If that's the case, they'll stand next to each other, one on each side of the fence, keeping the other company for hours. It's the only way Lilly has ever seemed to allow him to groom/touch/be in her near vicinity lol. I am hoping she'll eventually come around.
    08-07-2010, 01:42 AM
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They could jsut be playng, or just making sure they both know who is higher on the pecking order, usually when you put a few horses together, for the first few days they have some hair missing, but it evens out and that's stops happening so much.
    08-07-2010, 05:01 AM
We have 10 head living in one pasture. Sure they get bite marks and such. They are going to have squabbles. Unless they are really fighting bad or really tearing each other up, I think it is best to leave them together. I think they are happier that way...after all, they are herd animals.
    08-07-2010, 10:03 AM
my beau, I said I saw on here two horse eating out of the same bucket, my guys can't get close to that, and they have been together two months, and I have seen the aggresiveness and he ain't playing, and I understand a little nip here and there will happen, but my paint looks like an appaloosa with all skin showing on his rump, then the other day he had a three inch peice of missing hair with a good bit of pink showing right where the saddle goes so I laid off riding for a few days because of it... it's just a bummer they aren't friends..and they are right next to each other with only a gate between them. My horse seems to want Bo's company, but Bo 99% of the time acts like he couldn't care less if Goose is around or not.. unless I ride off without him, then he runs and hollers his head off till we get back... go figure....
Oh well....maybe one day....
    08-07-2010, 10:55 AM
We have to carefully plan how we keep all of our horses are pastured. They all have their own little love/hate triangles. I swear that they are trying to imitate high schoolers sometimes.

Some horses don't get along for the same reason that some humans don't get along. Personalities clash, and two alpha horses usually don't work well together.
    08-07-2010, 11:18 AM
It took about 9 months for Soda to stop biting Flame regularly. Now (about 2 yrs into it) they live together really well, it's really cute to see them groom each other. He still bites her on occaision though, but he's getting better about moderating the severity of the bite.

Either keep them separated, which really isn't a huge deal if they share a fence line. Or resign yourself to the fact that one of your horses is going to be bit up for awhile. There are some things you can do to help decrease the amount of biting too. Make sure there is enough room in their pasture/paddocks, have several piles of hay (I usually have 6-10 spaced about 20 ft apart), keep their grain buckets on opposite ends of the paddock, and exercise the aggressive horse more often. Sometimes the aggressor just has a lot of pent up energy and takes it out on other horses. All of those steps helped reduce Soda's aggression, now I don't really worry about it, but I still spread the hay out because it simulates "grazing" esp in the winter. And it keeps Flame walking around.
    08-07-2010, 12:36 PM
Great replys ya'll, it's good to hear that after 9 months they are grooming each other. That is soooo what I'd love to see, but I HATE to see a mellow horse getting picked on.... I'm like just nail him one time and he'll quit, but for some reason my horse doesn't understand english???? I feed them way seperate....
Oh well at least I have my horses and get to ride any time I want after about 7 years without....... they should make a blanket with spikes sticking out... one bite on something like that would make it a lot less fun........
    08-07-2010, 12:59 PM
I agree with most everyone else. Horses will be horses, and as long as they aren't really chowing down on each other, I'd leave them be. My girls get along great, but that doesn't stop Ricci from giving Gracie a beating when she needs it. I had a friend who kept her horse with mine for about a year, and this horse and Gracie just didn't get along. Almost every day, Gracie had a new tuft of hair missing, only once was the skin broken. But with a dab of MTG, she was good as new. If this is the worst you've seen in several months, I highly doubt it'll get worse in the future.

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