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    10-07-2012, 10:11 PM
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Foal
Horse Behaviour

I have 2 horses and my second horse came in with my first horse yesterday or the day before my first horse cleddy was being very protective of me and not wanting my new horse chips to come near me any ideas of why or will it just take time?
     
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    10-07-2012, 10:12 PM
  #2
Yearling
Its a dominance thing
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    10-07-2012, 10:15 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Ashleysmardigrasgirl    
its a dominance thing
so will he get over it and let me near chips?
     
    10-07-2012, 10:19 PM
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Yearling
It depends on how dominant your aggressor horse wants to be. I have a filly who is very dominant in personality, she's a joy to be around and loves her people but, put her in with horses and you'll get ears pinning, tail swishing, donkey kicking, teeth, bucking, and rearing (on the occasion of course) she even does what you describe as herding he other horses away from her people. But more often when there are new horses around as they're establishing a pecking order of sorts. Sometimes it resolves itself (usually) sometimes the aggressor needs to be removed until the less dominant horse feels more comfortable in the new pasture... Eventually with the reintroduction of the aggressor horse as the new guy on the block so the pecking order can be re-established. Sometimes nothing will work and they just need to be separated -shrugs- each horse has a mind of it's own. The aggressor might associates you with food so in his mind the best way to ensure he gets the most food is if he makes the other horse back off.
     
    10-07-2012, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Ashleysmardigrasgirl    
it depends on how dominant your aggressor horse wants to be. I have a filly who is very dominant in personality, she's a joy to be around and loves her people but, put her in with horses and you'll get ears pinning, tail swishing, donkey kicking, teeth, bucking, and rearing (on the occasion of course) she even does what you describe as herding he other horses away from her people. But more often when there are new horses around as they're establishing a pecking order of sorts. Sometimes it resolves itself (usually) sometimes the aggressor needs to be removed until the less dominant horse feels more comfortable in the new pasture... Eventually with the reintroduction of the aggressor horse as the new guy on the block so the pecking order can be re-established. Sometimes nothing will work and they just need to be separated -shrugs- each horse has a mind of it's own. The aggressor might associates you with food so in his mind the best way to ensure he gets the most food is if he makes the other horse back off.
ok thanks my first horse is a gentle sole so it is weird seeing him go after the new horse we have to be careful though because the new horse has very sore feet but I know my first horse will get over it thanks for your help
     
    10-07-2012, 10:26 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Agreed with the above posts..

Nice title..
very catchy:)
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    10-07-2012, 10:27 PM
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Yearling
Honestly, depending on how sore your other horse is I would consider moving him. Horses will 'herd' other horses around the pasture to express dominance over other horses. This could cause problems for your horse with the sore feet.

I know what you mean, my filly is the sweetest little thing... She's so gentle around children, dogs, new people, etc very non-spooky but when I put her out to pasture she just decided she was the sh*t and started beating everyone up so now she's in a pasture on her own.
     
    10-07-2012, 10:31 PM
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Foal
My horse deosnt kick just pins his ears back he just got over a lame problem he has had for 9 months and the vet said a companion would be good for him. The weird thing is he lets me near chips when he is grazing but when I came out with some brushes he decided he would not let me near chips?
     
    10-08-2012, 03:21 PM
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As said it is pecking order.
The point is that you must make your older horse move away if he tries to take charge and see to the other horse first so he knows that what you say is law.
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    10-09-2012, 02:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
As said it is pecking order.
The point is that you must make your older horse move away if he tries to take charge and see to the other horse first so he knows that what you say is law.
thanks I will give him some more time tto get to now the new horse
     

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