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post #1 of 4 Old 11-21-2011, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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horse herd problems?

okay so i have three geldings, Harley 13 year old QH 16hh, Flash 4 year old paint 16.2hh, Cody 3 years old paint 14.2hh(?).

okay so heres the thing, Flash and cody are always fighting pinning ears bitting bucking and sometimes kicking at each other. Flash is like bound to Harley and i cant ride him unless Harleys in sight, or he will pull the reins paw adn just start walking off to get to him. even leading him is hard to do somedays. Cody will even pick on Harley and when/if he goes after one of them he REALLY goes after them and just bullies them.

how to get Flash and Cody to stop all of this? how to get Flash to not be so attached?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-22-2011, 12:39 AM
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I would like to know how to solve this problem as well! I have two geldings and a mare and the geldings have to be separated. They "play" nip, chase and kick at each other until someone gets hurt. It doesn't look violent, but judging by the scratches cuts and bruises, it does get out of hand. When I separate them they cry out to each other like a couple of pathetic fools. At first I put them across the fence from each other and I caught them playing tug-of-war across the electric fence with a shallow rubber pan. Now I've run another fence to separate them by about 10 feet or so. They are finally settling in a little bit, but if they get out of sight of one another there's usually some noise. Silly boys!
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-22-2011, 12:47 AM
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Article here:

Aggression in Horses
And another:
Herd Dynamics and Fighting

And an article for herd boundness-
Herd Bound Behavior
The Barn Sour Horse by Cherry Hill: Horse Behavior and Training

I do have tips I am just to tired to put them down, but I will say, try taking each horse away from the other horse at grain time, and give them their grain out of sight of the other horse, and/or hand grazing can help to.

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” - Unknown
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-22-2011, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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yea i just noticed cleaning hoofs that my 4 yera old had a inch by inch scab on his upper for arm front leg. and when i took my QH out to see my Clyd/TB and TB graves and i looked over and flash went up and cody bite his neck and Flash pawed at codys head and it started to get out of hand so i took my gelding back to the pasture. and they stoped for the most part.
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