Aggressive Lead Mare
Well my 2nd horse, Sadie, had become rather aggresive since we got Gypsy. Not really towards people, although she has always been very pushy and doesn't quite like to walk around people, and thinks she can walk through them. (Or rather that they will move). Sadie will chase our poor old mare around the pasture constantly, and if I keep the three of them in the paddock, she will chase her with even more aggressiveness.
A few times she even went after Gypsy and nearly ran me over just trying to chase her away. Since it has been getting worse, I have been putting Moe and Gypsy in a seperate pasture during the day. The thing is Gypsy is really herd bound and can't stand to be separated from either of them. When I put her back in the pasture with Sadie, she ran around whinnying looking for the mare, but she was down farther where she couldn't see her. When I had Moe and Gypsy together she was fine, but she has alot of problems being all alone. (Our neighbors are even saying how they never heard our horses make that much racket.)
I am wondering how I can possibly "fix" Sadie and make her less aggressive towards Gypsy. I do understand the way a herd works, and that this is natural behavior, but when it interferes with me working with the animals I would rather have a way to fix it. Sadie doesn't have much respect for people, and is really stubborn, so she probably thinks she is a peg above everyone and really believes she is now the lead mare.
I'm not looking to get yelled at for trying to find a solution. And getting rid of Gypsy isn't really an option. She is 20 years old and my family is sort of obligated to keep her, not just some horse we bought from a stranger. We are keeping her for family, so not going to happen. When we agreed I sort of signed up for the long haul. Gypsy sort of likes to hang out by me, so does Moe, and Sadie likes to be by Moe, so she chases Gypsy away. Moe is sort of caught in this triangle. He doesn't really have an attachment to Gypsy, but doesn't mind being away from Sadie if Gypsy is around. Then Gypsy doesn't mind being away from Sadie if Moe is around. Difficult creatures. Dx