Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons View Post
Speaking as someone who boards horses, problem #1 is a deal breaker. If the horse does not have the social skills to exist peacefully with pasturemates, he doesn't belong and the BO can't make him their personal project. No other boarder should be subjected to their horses fighting and possibly becoming injured because of one misfit. Now having said that, is it a mixed herd? Segregated herds always work best as far as fighting. How are the individual herds matched? How much time has he been given to fit in? Is he the only one that is removed nightly? Is there plenty of food available? All of these are variables that put him at a disadvantage and he overreacts to the stress.
They are mixed, except for when the mares are in season, then they are segregated. He doesn't like geldings at all, and he only likes the mares when they are in season---basically he thinks he's a stallion, I believe he was gelded late.
Food is not an issue, its 17+ acres of pasture, he could be on one end and they could be on the other (which when he is turned out with them, that's always how I see it) but I'm guessing at the gate and at the water trough, they meet and then he's like "oh, other horses" and its kind of game on. In the past when he was turned out with other horses, he had no problem sharing a round bale with them--they just don't respect him enough, in his opinion. Quite frankly, he's had a year of mixing and matching to see who he could be turned out with, and a year and a half at another facility before that. It just doesn't work. He is rotated out with the BO's nasty mare (who can't be turned out with anyone else, either) so it ends up working out okay, for the most part.
I think the main problem here is that there are two awful horses instead of one--because if it was just my gelding, then he could just stay where he's turned out now with the little pony. Oh, and how the pastures are laid out, that's a problem too, haha. (we have 1 17 acre pasture, 1 4-5 acre pasture, 1 12 acre pasture with pasture boarders in it, and 1 little 1 acre pasture.) If there was a possibility we could cut a little bit of the 17 acre pasture off, I would offer to build the fence, but its not her land so we can't just build crap.