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post #1 of 7 Old 09-03-2013, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Horse still getting "Picked on" In feild

I am not used to having a horse that isn't higher in the pecking order. My old guy Romeo was always above most horses in the pecking order, so when I put him out at the barn (That I now have Gavyn at) he maybe came out with like 3 kick marks the whole time he was there.
Now I have Gavyn and he has been down at this barn for about 5 months, and he is STILL getting bitten and kicked. I find new marks literally every time I go get him.
So my question is-- Is this normal? Should I just have him stay out there, or should I take him out, or what?

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-03-2013, 10:20 PM
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Hi, I had the same problem, except my gelding was being the bad guy. :( What I personally would do, is separate them in fields, maybe even next to each other. That way, they can get used to each other, and prevent injuries from happening on the same side. Although, some horses just don't get along :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-03-2013, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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I can't do that it is a boarding facility and the field everyone is out together, unless I put him in one of the back paddocks.. But then he would be by himself

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-03-2013, 11:35 PM
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I'd say it took my gelding about eight months to settle in to my closed herd of three mares. He still gets the occasional nip. I don't know how large Gavyn's herd is so I should think it wouldn't be unreasonable for his length of fitting in time to be the same. The situation may also be complicated if new horses are moving in and out of the herd so the members are always re-establishing the pecking order.
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-03-2013, 11:41 PM
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Sometimes it takes a minute for them to figure out the pecking order... Poor guy ):
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-04-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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He is in a herd of like 15, so it is a good sized herd.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-05-2013, 03:09 PM
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How big is the pasture they are in? If its not big enough, there will be a lot of scuffles and he doesn't have room to escape the others.

It could be that there is an aggressive horse in the herd. At one stable we were at, there was a horse that had to be constantly rotated in the pastures, so he would always be at the bottom. Can you spend the day out there and watch the herd to see if its just one horse or most of the herd picking on him?

Is it all geldings or a mixed herd? It could just be that the geldings are playing or he is getting too close to one of the other gelding's mares or a mare just doesn't like him.

We added on horse in Sept. He was picked on until February when we added two more horses. Now that we have segregated herds, the boys still do get nicks and scrapes. Some are from going through the trees to get away from the flies and some are from them playing.

Sometimes they settle in right away and sometimes it seems like they will never fit in. It takes as long as it takes. Usually it doesn't take that long.
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