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        03-22-2013, 08:59 PM
    Nickermaker....what about another type of animal companion for your horse? Like a donkey or a goat?

    I think your horse would definitely be happier with a herdmate. If you get another horse, I think another older horse would be a better fit.

    Good luck and let us know what you decide to do!
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        03-22-2013, 10:45 PM
    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    Critter Sitter, did I understand you right that you are cleaning out 16 stalls 4 times a week? That is a lot of work to save a couple of hundred dollars on board. You could work doing something else and put that money toward board. It seems that they would give you free board for all that.
    Actually it is 320 off board and help with training. My daughter does most of the cleaning. I would do water and feed. But you are right.
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        03-22-2013, 10:49 PM
    I think I found a new barn it's a little further away and not near as nice but it's all I can find in my price range And there is about 80 acres of pasture there. I hate that this is happening. I guess we move may 1st
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        03-22-2013, 11:30 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by montcowboy    
    is anyone watching the ncaa mens college basketball tourney?? Few things trump riding. Roping.and feeding horses..true.. but when its snowing here in montana. The tourney is just what the doctor GO DUKE

    And it is NOT raining in Omamari NZ
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        03-22-2013, 11:36 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Critter sitter    
    i already clean stalls and feed about 3 to 4 times a week for all the horses. I have been "helping" for about 6 of the last 8 months. The only down side of me being the BM is dealing with the owners. They are the type that are not horse people but try to be and alsohave loots of $$$ and like to make sure everyone knows it. I am confident I can handle the workload. I have a lot of thinking to do... uuuuuuug

    Take the BM job and look on it as your work in life to lighten the load the owners have to carry. $$$$$$$$$$ less weight for them. You will be doing them a favour and saving their backs from the strain of the full wallet.
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        03-22-2013, 11:54 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Hunter65    
    Well one more hour of work then off for a week!!! Yippee look out Hunter we have some work to do lol.

    My holiday started friday morning and so far it has not gone to plan.
    1 Friday pick up new horse trailer Done
    2 Saturday participate in fishing contest Well I started with good intentions wading out into the surf and casting but after half a dozen times I got cold and had to stop. Must be getting old. Or need a wet suit to keep me warm. So no prize money.

    I have a repair on mt truck to do which should be done by Tuesday then its rest in ernest. Riding Stella and Bugs day about for the remaining days.

    So Hunter65 holidays, here we come.
        03-23-2013, 01:17 AM
    Cacowgirl---about taxes and having to pay in:
    Ahhhh...but that means that the guv'ment did not get to use much of your money for free. It's a good thing!

    We had to pay about $700 in.
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        03-23-2013, 01:20 AM
    Corgi, how is dad?
        03-23-2013, 07:24 AM
    Originally Posted by Stan    
    Take the BM job and look on it as your work in life to lighten the load the owners have to carry. $$$$$$$$$$ less weight for them. You will be doing them a favour and saving their backs from the strain of the full wallet.
    If they offer me the job it will take alott of convincing of me know. I have not seen the email but vim pretty upset about some things they "the Bo" are accusing my daughter of. I will go into detail later when I read it. But the BM is furious that they are doing that and my daughter did not a **** thing. I found a place it's not perfect no more indoor but at least my boys will be safe
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        03-23-2013, 10:51 AM
    Originally Posted by NickerMaker71    
    Hi all! New here...only posted once, but thought I would tell my recent story.

    In my first post I said I was back into horses after many years. An old friend had a horse for me, their barn was full, so took her, she's 8. I didn't want her to alone so I found a nice quiet 24 yo to buy.

    At first things seemed to work, but as the months since Christmas passed, my younger one started to become really aggressive to the older mare. She goes after her with bared teeth, spins around and kicks at her. The older one is constantly jumping out of the way. Which makes me feel bad because she has bad legs....that is why I took her, to give her a retirement home.

    Well I have been trying to do ground work with the younger one, but now she is starting to rear, and spin around.....I have a bad back and leg from an accident, so I have now lost confidence and am frightened for my physical well being....I can't afford to hurt myself....too many surgeries already.

    Long story short, it was always the understanding that if things didn't work out with the young one, I could give the young one I just made the call to tell my friend it's not working, and she needs to go.....she understands.

    That was such a hard call on so many levels, but I know deep in my heart that I need to protect myself physically, and this horse is just too young, spirited, and barn sour for me at this point in my life....and for my old girl.

    Now, for the I look for another as a companion horse for my 24 yo? I know they are herd animals, so I think I should. I also know there are hierarchies with horses, so am looking for another OLD safe horse....thinking the age difference could be part of the issue? I know there are deeper issues withis young horse that I am not getting into here....

    I am just Leary of buying another and them not getting along. Although, I've never in all my years met a horse so aggressive as this I said, I understand the hierarchy, but this just isn't working! The old horse is easy going and passive....such a pleasure to be around....

    What do I do, look for another, or stick to one old one?
    Welcome! Good for you for realizing when enough is enough. It sounds like the young horse wasn't a good fit at all. If you are looking for a horse you can ride and enjoy that is also a good companion for your old mare, I'd look for an older semi-retired schoolmaster or been there done that trail horse. There is no guarantee the horses won't fight for a time until the pecking order is established, but different horses may be more compatible.

    It sounds like the younger horse lacked manners and had dominance issues overall, but age could also have been a bit of an issue too. Horses lash out to assert their position of dominance, but usually once it is determined, they quit.

    My two geldings used to fight quite a lot, but the older was always dominant even though the younger was the instigator. Recently, my old guy (22) injured his eye and gave up his dominant position. I think for a while, he just didn't feel good enough to fight for it. Even now the the eye has healed, he is still submissive to the other, but the younger horse doesn't go at him anymore either. It's like they have reached an understanding and now live happily with it.

    I think this is common when an older and younger horse are involved, as the wiser and more experienced older horse would be the leader. When they get to a point that aging starts to erode their strength and stamina, a younger horse will challenge them for leadership. This is my theory anyways, for what it's worth.

    I wish you the best in finding another horse that will be a good companion for your old mare.

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