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post #1 of 4 Old 02-17-2012, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Pasture agression

I have recently purchased a 5 year old, 15hh, gelding that is definitely 'top dog' when it comes to the paddock (the previous owners said that this was the case on their property as well).
He does this by normal means (ear pinning, nipping and the rare but occasional buck).

Now, although from talking to people, it's best to leave horses to their own devices in the paddock and let them sort it out, but what I am concerned about, is I am about to bring him home from my trainer/teachers house after learning some ground work and put him in my paddock with my fathers 14hh 34 year old gelding.

Both of these geldings have the same 'dominant' personality and I am concerned that my much younger horse is going to 'assert' his dominance in the paddock and actually hurt/potentially accidentally kill my fathers horse, and knowing my fathers horse, he will definitely THINK he's a match and go for it.

Any suggestions on handling this type of situation? Many thanks!
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-17-2012, 08:41 PM
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I would use controlled introductions by means of separate enclosure and ONLY fully integrate them if/when I felt comfortable based on their interactions from those separate enclosures. Given the information provided, I would not approach it by any other means.
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although i plan to use the introduce from neighbouring paddock approach, even with his current pasture mates he does chase them away from the water trough (if he wants to drink) or food etc. Im worried dads horse won't be able to get out of the way as quick as the current ones do and he'll end up hurt. is there anyway to MAKE dads horse top dog in the eyes of mine? So he won't try to chase him away?
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There is no way to make one horse more dominant over the other and these two need carful introduction with a fence between them.

I would not feed them together but would catch one and take it from the paddock and leave the other alone whilst eating.
I would also, if feeding hay, make sure there were more piles of hay than there were horses and well spread out.
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