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post #11 of 15 Old 12-06-2012, 11:27 AM
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Horses don't hate each other. Well trained horses just don't attack other horses through their stalls. I've had horses in small herds for over 27 years, and the fights are always over food. ONLY poorly trained horses, like my first herd leader, behave this way, and these malcontents will kick the stall wall no matter which horse in next door.
Horses will jostle for position and they always want to know who is the boss. THAT is why the owners have trouble with these two, bc they haven't established their leadership. At some point, the owners of these two horses are gonna get hurt. If the OP moves and gives a report, then I'll post again. For now, I'm done with this discussion.

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post #12 of 15 Old 12-06-2012, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all! I do at this point think the best idea would be to move them around. The only reason they are in stalls is to eat their grain at night, gives us a chance to check them all over and make sure they get their own share.

I didn't want to move, but I'm not going to be selfish and have my horse get hurt OR pick up these behaviors.

I do stand on both fronts to in this case. I believe horses do dislike / hate eachother, but I also think some behaviors like kicking / biting are unacceptable. In a case like this though where I cannot correct, and cannot see what happens then again I beleive moving is best.

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post #13 of 15 Old 12-07-2012, 12:32 AM
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Yeah, I vote that the horses need to move stalls so that they're separated.

My older horse "supposedly" had a situation like this. I got a message from the BO (this was about 6 years ago) that he had a "boo-boo" and it was nothing to worry about. I went with my mom to see him and his entire inner thigh was torn up. All but 2 of the vertical wooden planks that made his door were drenched in blood. They claim that he was trying to kick toward the mare in the next stall (entirely unlike him especially since he had been next to the mare for months with no issues, but we don't know what could've happened) and ended up getting his hind leg straddled over the stall door. To say the least, we left that barn immediately with some choice words because they were crossing themselves with lies.

So my point is that I would personally suggest some stall swapping so that the horses will have better neighbors (hopefully) and you won't end up with a pretty vet bill like my mom and I had :)
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post #14 of 15 Old 12-07-2012, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Annanoel View Post
Thanks all! I do at this point think the best idea would be to move them around. The only reason they are in stalls is to eat their grain at night, gives us a chance to check them all over and make sure they get their own share.
Since they come in only to eat can you just feed the paint outside? This way he can have the space he needs and not feel threatened with the horses around him.
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post #15 of 15 Old 12-07-2012, 04:57 PM
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You might speak to the barn owner about switching stalls … point out to the BO that the stalls are taking an unnecessary beating, and, that moving the horses around could save the BO money (repairing/replacing stall boards)…not to mention having a more peaceful barn. This will keep the other owners out of it and still get you what you want without causing undue friction between you and the other owners with whom you will undoubtably see again. (Suggestion of switching stalls coming from the BO and not you.)

Good luck.
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