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post #1 of 8 Old 05-03-2012, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question Feeding Help

I have senior horse (24) he is getting senior feed and my other horse (14) doesn't get anyfood until monday. This is my first horse and I need help trying to figure out how to feed them seperatly as we have no barn and the 14 year old can be a little herdbound and pushy somtimes at feeding time. What can I do to make him less pushy and stop him from driving off the 24 year old? Thanks
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-03-2012, 07:19 PM
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Tie them up while they eat. I do that with mine if I feed them in the pasture instead of their stalls.
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he just pulls on his lead rope I'm worried he might break the lead rope/halter. But I can still try
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Well... YOU are the boss. Not the horse. I don't tie my horses. When my very alphish (and fast to eat) qh finishes her grain she stands by the hay and politely waiting on my paint (low in pecking order) to finish her bucket (so she could come over and lick the bucket). Why? Because she knows I'm not going to tolerate any fuss around, and she'll get several bad minutes (angry voice + waiving hands or a good smack on chest, and if no desired response a manure fork on her butt) if she tries to push the paint away from the bucket. In fact once (5 years ago) was enough to teach her a lesson.
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Smile Thanks so Much

Thanks I took a crop out and the first time he tried to do it I came down on him so hard and he didn't do it so hard today as he tried to yesterday.
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well that is good news
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-04-2012, 10:35 AM
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My herd leader will do the same thing. I have reprimanded him and now usually I just have to stand by the lower herd horse while she eats. He will look at me and may even try to wander closer but all I have to do is point to the direction I want him to go and say no in a deep voice. He drops his head, licks his lips and walks away. He is a sneak though. If I walk away he will walk back over the mare, horses are funny.

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My herd leader will do the same thing. I have reprimanded him and now usually I just have to stand by the lower herd horse while she eats.
Thankfully I don't have to stand by mine. :) The qh keeps her eye on me constantly to see if I'm around (I usually pick poop in shed and around the barn). If she can see me she waits. However if I'm behind the shed (and she thinks I'm not there anymore) she'll try to push the paint away (not surprising though). Lol!

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