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post #1 of 6 Old 03-11-2012, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation I need help with my gelding attacking my mare

I have 6 horses and a donkey. I have had all these horses for at least 2 years and for some reason my gelding has started attacking my mare. The gelding is a big boy and the mare is a small Paso Fino. He chases her around the pasture and bits her bad when he catches her. When I got to the barn yesterday he had done some bad damage to her back. The mare is not aggressive at all and never has been. The gelding is not aggressive to any of the other mares except her. I don't know what to do and hopes that someone will have a suggestion about how to break him of this.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-11-2012, 05:28 PM
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Is she by chance in season? Yes, I realize he is a gelding, but the question remains. How long has this been going on? Or, are one of her companions a mare who is in season (he could be trying to push the abused mare away from his chosen one)
If it is coming to physical harm and is not letting up (such as a battle for position would when one horse became the winner and the other moved down a peg), I think it may be time to reconfigure things so as to be able to separate your herd into separate areas.
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I hope you come up with a solution
and that your mare does not get hurt anymore

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Can you separate them into two smaller groups?
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-11-2012, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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No she isn't in season, but maybe the mare that she hangs around is, I'm not sure. This happened only once about a year ago and then yesterday. We did separate them into separate pastures today.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-11-2012, 10:59 PM
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I have found that some horses are just bullies - they will pound the poop out of another horse for some minor offense, they have no sense of what an "appropriate" reprimand would be. To people they can be the love of the century, and to other horses...not nice. I am very protective of my mare when it comes to other horses, b/c she was either orphaned or weaned to early and w her lack of social skills, she can be plain annoying to her own kind w absolutely no ill intent...and she couldn't stand her ground if she had to. I make sure she does not encounter a "bully"...she may deserve correction, but not a beating.

So, my immediate action would be...separate them.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.

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