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Here's the story. We got the new horse, Syd, a very sweet LOVABLE gelding.
We brought Luca (my horse) up to graze with Syd, leaving Fleet behind for two days. Then, we brought him up, too. Big mistake. "The new horse is the one who stole Luca from me" that's probably what Fleet meant. They met each other, all good, but after half an hour, Fleet suddenly leapt at Syd and chased him round and round the paddock, taking chunks out of his backside as he did so. Syd is 16 years old and in soft condition. The poor, sweet thing ran for his life, but Fleet just wouldn't stop. He kept biting and chasing Syd. I shouted at him to stop, in shock of what was happening to gentle Syd. Fleet gave one final bite and stopped chasing. I went away to get my jodhpurs (for riding Luca) when I heard a scream. It was my sister. I ran outside and saw Fleet, taking chunks out of Syd's butt again. But this time, Syd was stuck in a corner that had hot tape by it. Fleet bit and charged, forcing poor Syd through the thankfully not-hot tape. I immediately took Fleet back to the other paddock. He spent the night there.
Today, we put Luca and Syd together on a new paddock. We disinfected the wounds and they're doing well. We took Fleet and put him in a smaller paddock that was right next to Luca and Syd's paddock, only divided by a fence. They're doing very well, no aggression, although Syd is not coming near Fleet at all.
I want to take a breath and say: this is herd-dynamics, but I can't. I mean...was that normal? A horse chasing another horse round and round mercilessly, biting and biting, not stopping until someone intervenes?
Everyone, send some healing wishes to Syd! He truly deserves them, poor "old" thing.