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    02-15-2012, 07:13 AM
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I have an older mare and she acts like she would be happier being by herself than being bothered by the other horses in the herd. Should I separate her or leave her with her" friends" ?
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    02-15-2012, 07:15 AM
Is she being picked on/pushed out of the herd or just isn't interested in interacting?
    02-15-2012, 08:41 AM
Not real sure, maybe half and half?
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    02-15-2012, 08:49 AM
My mare is a take it or leave it type as well. As long as there is peace in the pasture, I would leave them alone. The only time I would consider separating them would be if there was physical problems with them together.
    02-15-2012, 08:50 AM
If she is being bothered by others then yes, I would split her up frombthe others
I would also recommend you get her some kind of pasture mate though.
    02-15-2012, 08:59 AM
Why would they push her out?
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    02-15-2012, 09:20 AM
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Why would they push her out?
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Because she's probably on bottom of the pecking order. And some horses are more aggressive then others towards lower members.

My qh always been a lead horse (since she was little over 2). Her way to discipline (most of the time) is pinned ears and wave of the head (if just ears not enough). She'd never attack "just because" and the lower in pecking order horses could quietly eat hay next to her (as long as they shown a respect). My paint (who was close to the bottom) would just attack the ones lower then her. It was very sad, but we could do nothing but move those low ones from the pasture.
    02-15-2012, 10:08 AM
She seemed indifferent at first but the last couple of days she seems afraid to come to the barn
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    02-15-2012, 10:11 AM
Personally I'd try to separate, may be with another older (or at least very calm) companion. If it's not an option try to feed the hay or hay pellets separately, may be in barn several times/day.
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    02-15-2012, 11:49 AM
Yes Kitten...my first thought was that there may be a re-ordering of the pecking order going on. In time it may resolve itself and everyone will go back to peaceful co-existence under the new "order."

Otherwise, agreed, maybe a different turnout area with a friendly companion or two.

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