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    04-13-2012, 12:37 PM
No matter what horse you put with him, there will be some sorting of a new pecking order. But, if you put him in with a horse that is also very dominant, you're going to have a much higher risk of injuries, not only at first, but it could happen at all times.

I like to seperate horses by gender; however, I was working with two dominant mares. They would come with injuries every few months that would lay them up for some time. I had to end up seperating them because even tho they knew eachother and had established a pecking order, they would always challenge one another. They were frenemies if I ever saw some; would beat eachother up if they were together, but will graze side by side along the fenceline.
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    04-13-2012, 12:42 PM
That's kind of what I was thinking, thanks wetrain17!
    04-13-2012, 01:12 PM
I'm in the same situation. My mare had solo turnout at her boarding barn but there was horse on the other side of her fence. When I brought her home, she's alone in her paddock but where she can see the neighbor's horses whose fence is 100 yards away.

She's eating fine, doesn't seem stressed, but I don't like it. We're looking into a companion animal. Probably a burro.
    04-13-2012, 02:06 PM
It seems to me, in my experience, that once you take them from a pasture buddy into a new situation/barn they kind of forget about that horse UNLESS they were too see them again. Lol

If he is able to see the other horses across the pasture then he should be just fine. :) But, I would definitely try to work out a payment plan with the other horse and get him his friend if you can. :)
    04-13-2012, 02:33 PM
Originally Posted by Jacksmama    

He's been kept on a farm with mostly mares, the owner had a yearling colt and we put he and Jack in a separate field to see if they could co-habitate. I personally didn't see anything other than Jack teaching a few manners but the owner claimed he was very aggressive with him. Of course, lol she is one of those people that makes everything dramatic so it's possible she was exaggerating. That same colt is now a 2 year old in with the herd though, and yesterday I saw them playing in the field together.
I think you hit the nail on the head. I've never known a colt that didn't constantly need a refresher course in manners. Sounds like Jack was exactly what he needed. They are big animals and boys do play rough. Biting, rearing, bucking, running... all play. If the one who appears to be getting beat up turns around and comes back for more, they are nothing more than boys being boys. It is so enjoyable to watch a group of geldings go at it. It's also good for the older horses as it makes them move around.

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