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post #1 of 4 Old 02-12-2014, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation My mare is being mean

My little sister got a pony in January and when he arrived we separated him from my mare. We divided the area (Ths size of a dressage ring) in two. We want to leave them in together as my mare has a stable that she can enter and leave freely for shelter but the pony doesnt. The pony never seems to finish all his food so when we let them in together my mare kicks him out and eats his left-over food, but then when the pony goes in her stable she goes up to him and kicks and bites him. The pony is terrified and wont go any where near her, but my mare keeps chasing him. Ive been told to just leave them but my mare wont stop chasing him and as it has been raining, Im worried they might slip on the mud.
If you have any tips or ideas please help, sorry for any mistakes
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-12-2014, 06:42 AM
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While the "leave them and let them sort it out" sounds great, the truth is the pony can be severely injured by this mare. And she can go down and be hurt too, in the mud.

And him going in the shelter is a great way for her to pen him up where he can't get away, and end up kicked to death too.

At this point? I'd separate them. And keep it that way.

Mare will more than likely not stop, for that matter. I've seen horses like that, and have seen them run one through a fence too.

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-12-2014, 07:00 AM
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Often the best idea is to let them sort it out if they're in an appropriate area.

However a yard the size of a dressage arena doesn't really give the pony room to run away and stay away, in my opinion an minimum acre per horse is the best rule. I'd probably leave them separated.

Also, when keeping horses together be smart about it. Always have 3 or 4 piles of feed for two horses. Space them out, keeping things easy.

The mare isn't being mean, she's just being a horse.
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-12-2014, 07:15 AM
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My mare is also the boss of the herd and must be separated to ensure the 2 year old and the yearling get all their feed. I bring everyone in at night into their own stalls/runs so they can eat at their leisure and if I turn them out together I make sure the leftover food is removed so there isn't any reason to fuss.

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