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        08-12-2010, 06:06 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Northern    
    Say, to gather the most alpha horse of each country, then let them contend for the spot, with the winner getting its due accolades.
    Sounds an awful lot like dog fighting!!

    I know of one alpha mare that won't let anyone near the stall that she is fed in (there are about 8 horses turned out together, just stalled at feeding times). That goes for ANY time of day and ANY horse. She will actually chase them down if they get near it and will hold a grudge for up to an hour chasing them kicking and biting.
         
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        08-12-2010, 06:12 PM
      #22
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    Dogs will fight to the death, whereas horses rarely will; it's usually established who's alpha far before even very serious injury occurs, with horses.

    That mare is awesome! May I ask what her breeding is, & how she is with a rider?
         
        08-12-2010, 06:16 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Was just kidding about the dog fighting!

    She is an Arabian mare (Straight Egyptian) and is very much a one person horse. Luckily that one person is her owner. She rides beautifully, especially loves to go out on trail rides, doesn't enjoy arena work as much but still tries her best. She is a real character though!
         
        08-12-2010, 06:20 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    At my last barn the alpha was a little mini mare. Even the stallion of the barn (an Oldenburg) wouldn't mess with her. The first time he saw her was on the other side of the fence and she kicked him in the nose!
         
        08-12-2010, 06:28 PM
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    Sarahver, oh, ok, well it just reads "straight-faced", as you can see.

    I thought she might be an Arab! I'm gladdened by the fact that such a girl has the right rider, since she'd go mad, of course, with one not-so-right!

    Arksley, an actual mini is alpha? Fantastic!
         
        08-12-2010, 06:37 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Northern    
    Sarahver, oh, ok, well it just reads "straight-faced", as you can see.

    I thought she might be an Arab! I'm gladdened by the fact that such a girl has the right rider, since she'd go mad, of course, with one not-so-right!

    Arksley, an actual mini is alpha? Fantastic!

    Yes, an actualy mini. Have you ever seen the Thelwell ponies? She looked exactly like them. Extremely fat, furry, and mean.. lol.
         
        08-12-2010, 06:45 PM
      #27
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    Thelwell--nope, I'll google it sometime.

    What do you think'd happen if the mini were on the same side of the fence as the stallion? Is it possible that her attitude/leadership qualities would give her alpha spot?
         
        08-12-2010, 09:23 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
    My aunt has an extemely alpha gelding. He's a gorgeous bay roan named Zippy (reg. Zippidy Doo-Dahs Way) he he. Anyway... he's proudcut so he firmly believes that he's a stud. He normally doesn't get along with any other horses, but there was one mare (i used to own her actually) that got along fine with him because she had the same attitude ha ha. She'd been causing trouble in the mare herd (picking on others, being a cow in general) so my aunt decided to try the 2 together.
    Boy was he surprised when he went to bite her & she laid the boots to him! They got along wonderfully after that lol!
         
        08-12-2010, 10:14 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    Rainy used to be an alpha horse...now it's another mare. Boy, is she a wench. All 3 of the mares now are continually sporting nicks, kick marks and bite marks. All 3 are also slowly starting to lose weight, which sucks. Any way, we used to have a pony mare who absolutely HATED other horses. Couldn't stand the mares she was in there with, and would frequently chase them around for no apparant reason. Rainy was introduced, and when the pony tried to chase her, Rainy knocked her over [literally] with her Quarter Horse butt. Needless to say, the pony was more than a little shocked, as the mares never fought back. Rainy stayed boss until the pony left and the new pony came. I guess she forgot about the butt move?
         
        08-12-2010, 10:22 PM
      #30
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lilruffian    
    My aunt has an extemely alpha gelding. He's a gorgeous bay roan named Zippy (reg. Zippidy Doo-Dahs Way) he he. Anyway... he's proudcut so he firmly believes that he's a stud. He normally doesn't get along with any other horses, but there was one mare (i used to own her actually) that got along fine with him because she had the same attitude ha ha. She'd been causing trouble in the mare herd (picking on others, being a cow in general) so my aunt decided to try the 2 together.
    Boy was he surprised when he went to bite her & she laid the boots to him! They got along wonderfully after that lol!

    Sounds like my Nico. He had to be removed from the main herd because of his attitude...I still think he could have worked it out but my barn is pretty terrible about letting horses be horses. They instead tossed him in the field with Rosie. Rosie is a tough cookie. Not exactly alpha...her intention is not to dominate. She wants no part of leadership...she actually wants no part of friendship. She is a loner horse...the type who would be better off without anyone else around (though she is a barn runner...funny eh?) Nico tried to chase her off her hay and she wolloped him up against the barn. He still tries (definition of Alpha if you ask me!) and mostly, he wins. She allows him to push her around and to take her food...but every now and again, she will give him a certain look and he knows she's not playing! While they are both a bit aggressive...he has never hurt her. He will ram her with his nose...but wont bite. He will swing those hips at her but wont kick. And when she goes up for her daily workout...he cries like a love struck teenager.
         

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