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        02-13-2013, 03:33 PM
    Green Broke
    Many of the haffies I've come across have been "bullies". Odd are this happens more times then you have seen, its probably nothing new to your mare. If after 9 months he is still being *aggressive* (not get way from my hay pile behavior, totally normal), then I would sell him (especially if he can be ridden!) and look for another more level headed horse. Just like people not all horses mix well together. If the two were in a herd of 20 it wouldn't make a difference, plenty of other animals to socialize with! But imagine your horse picked you a "friend" to sit with you in your bedroom all day. Just you and her, and you didn't really like each other... Yeah, you get the point. Lol.
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        02-13-2013, 03:37 PM
    Originally Posted by waleybean    
    Some horses, like people, just don't like each other. It may be that case with these two.
    Very true. It doesn't happen all that often that they don't work it out, but it does happen.
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        02-13-2013, 04:05 PM
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    There are actually plenty of horses that do live quite happily on there own or with company of a goat or whatever and that is far less stressful (and safer) for them than constantly being bullied and attacked.
    I had a pony mare that would never tolerate another horse in with her - they would get a couple of runs around the field and then pushed either over the fence or through it she was so aggressive - yet a perfect pony to ride and was fine with other horses in every other way
    I might have once been of the 'let them sort themselves out' way of thinking but having a wonderful 15.2 horse have its leg smashed to pieces by a 13.2 pony that didnt appreciate company I have since changed my mind
    If you can keep them in separate paddocks where they can at see each other then it might be for the best
    Very few people who keep their horses at home can simulate anything close to a herd environment
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        02-13-2013, 11:32 PM
    Green Broke
    For the time being, since there is one large paddock then the two smaller ones you can rotate. One goes into the large pasture, one stays in the paddock. Then rotate them day and night.
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        02-14-2013, 11:11 AM
    There are 5 herds of horses here. Each has its dominate horse.
    One herd has a couple of mares that still jockey for position in the herd. They are both second to a very calm mare.
    Neither horse will tolerate the other anywhere near her without charging or biting. It is not very aggressive anymore and they only do so at feeding time.
    IMO you have 2 options turn them loose together and keep them there or separate them completely. Returning them to the same pasture and separating them at night only causes them to fight again when in the same pasture.
    Horses and people are creatures of habit .
    The only other time I have seen the behavior you are describing was years ago.
    An arab gelding was dominate over every horse he ever encountered. A mare that I owned would challenge him every time he was near. She was the only horse he ever bullied, kicked or bit. She would not accept him as the leader.
    She wasnt even second dominate. Shalom

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