Ok I realize horses have a hierarchy and they do bite andkick each other, but how much is too much? I have had my horse (first horse) for five months and he has been in the same field with the same pasture mates for 5 months. He is a gelding and only 4, the youngest in the field. There are four other gelding sand two mares ranging in age from 8-28. I took his winter blanket off three weeks ago and he is now covered inhorse bites. Not just missing hair patches, but big bloody ones too. His blanket must have been helping to protect him as it was shredded with rips.
I talked to the barn owner on the weekend and she said heis at the bottom and it is just normal behaviour. Are bloody bites the size of my hand normal? I’m quite worried and feel so bad for him.
The field is big enough but since there isn’t any grass yet they all hang around the feeder. Just this past weekend a second feeder was added, and another mare and another filly will be added to the herd soon. There isn’t another field/paddock to put him in.
Is there anything I can do to help him? Put a blanket/rug on him? Any that will not shred with the constant biting? Can I coat his hair in pepper oroil to keep them away from him? Is this behaviour really normal? I would have thought after 5 months they would have settled down andworked things out but with new horses I’m afraid the situation will get worse.
I am willing to find a new place for him, however he is currently 5 minutes away from my house and board is very reasonable. Moving would be an extra $75-150/mo and 20-40min away (+ gas expense). Worth it if he will be safe.
On a side note – he has also been kicked in the head resulting in 3 vet visits. Although the vet assured me this is a common injury in horses, I don’t feel any better about it.
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