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post #1 of 15 Old 02-13-2013, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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Recently we bought the property next door, so that I could bring my horse home. It's small (only 2 acres)...about 1 1/2 field, and then two separate paddocks with separate stall sized barns in each. Nice little set up. I like it. I thought about it and seeing as how I only had the one horse (my girl), I thought I'd get her a "buddy", I got a halflinger gelding from a friend of mine. (my girl is a paint). I've had them here for about 9 months now. She spent the first 10 days or so here by herself(settled RIGHT IN...seemed perfectly happy)....kind of wish I left it that way!!!...Anyhow, he's always "run" her a little bit, but would quit after just a few minutes. Here lately, he is VERY aggressive toward her! The other day, THANK GOD I was here....I thought they would KILL each other!!! He actually tore some hyde off of her... literally!! (little turd)...they were kicking the crap out of each other!!....then he would take off after her teeth bared, and bite her (he looked sooo viscious)....Thankfully I was able to get them separated and back into their paddocks, but she was pretty beat up....I guess I have to sell him??...looking for some advice. I really like him, but she's my girl!!!!!!!!!....Even when I am with him in his paddock (and he's being really sweet with me), he'll take a minute to pin his ears, bare his teeth, and charge at her over the fence......
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If only they had the chance to settle their hierarchy in a normal herd environment, it would pass rather quickly. Otherwise, as they are paddocked in seperate paddocks most of the time, the gelding is probably seeing his paddock as his territory and just protecting it from the "stranger".

Horses are herd animals, they absolutely need other horses to live with in order to stay psychologically completely sound. But they also need to be provided with the possibility to live within a herd, not just see other horses over the fence. Then aggressive behaviors come quite naturally...
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Saranda, thanks for your reply....I happen to agree with you about horses being herd animals.....They DO get daily turnout.... a fairly "normal setup" in my's just that the agression is getting STRONGER, and now they are starting to physically hurt each other..... (in the pasture)
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Some horses, like people, just don't like each other. It may be that case with these two.
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If they haven't gotten over it and are still fighting (and even getting worse) after 9 months, you either need to separate them completely and permanently, or sell one of them. There *may* be other ways to resolve it with a lot of training if you really want to keep both of them, but selling/trading one and pairing the other with a different horse (or mini or donkey or goat, etc) would probably be easiest. While MOST horses will get along with MOST other horses, there are some combos that for whatever reason, don't seem to work well.
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Welcome to the forum ..

You can send the Haflinger to me ... solved!

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post #8 of 15 Old 02-13-2013, 02:50 PM
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I agree with Saranda on this one. Although I find it interesting that you picked a Haflinger gelding as a "buddy horse".

I own a Haflinger cross mare and we recently purchased a new horse in November. She's always been the boss mare of a herd of 2 other mares and with this new horse (a gelding), I wasn't sure how introductions would go. It's been a couple of months now and she still will sequel and kick at him; mainly just putting him in his place and making sure he knows she's still boss. The gelding, who is such a laid back soul, typically just goes about minding his own business. Perhaps being herd dominant might just be a Haflinger breed thing? I highly doubt it but I still found it interesting none-the-less. Good luck!
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Nickers we also have a Haflinger mare that we got man 3-4 years ago and she is one of the top horses in our herd of 20 and most of the time if a horse is bitting, sequeling in the feel lot its her. It could be breed thing maybe.
I don't separate horses they get along and live together they have to figure it out I have never had this problem but then I have always had larger numbers of horses.
I would say selling might be your best bet. there are a few training ideas if you are interested. But as sharpie said get a goat if its a pasture friend you are looking for. If you really want a second horse, sell the haflinger, take the time to do a some training, or put them together and let them work it out. those are your options. Good luck.
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If they don't like eachother and but things were never this bad over the last 9 months, then why now?

You have to watch it. I tossed a mare out with a gelding (I had no idea he was this way JUST towards her) and he chased her around relentlessly. It was horrible trying to catch them. He wouldn't leave her alone to take a breath. He just ran her into the ground. I separated them and never put them together again. He was fine with other mares.

I would keep them separate if he is causing injury.

Just a thought, but if she in in heat, it may be driving him a little bonkers.
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