Originally Posted by AmyJoe99
i'm back with another question. Our gelding is being mean to our mare. They share a huge field together. We had him first...when we brought her there were no problems reallly. He wouldnt let her in the shelter for awhile, he definitely is the boss. She has a very low confidence level, even when dealing with us. We throw out two piles of hay he always goes to the one she is eating and runs her away...then after she goes to the other he will turn and want that pile...he'll do this for alittle while then settle down and let her eat one. He doesnt want us to pet her over the fence. He will chase her away several times before finally giving in as long as someone is petting him also. He bites the top of her tail, and her mane, we've seen locks laying on the ground of her's. He will get behind her, lay his chin on her back end and walk following her then give her a bite...she'll kick, neigh and he'll go right back to doing it...he doesnt break skin...never any blood but since its winter you can see mud marks in the shape of his mouth on her back end and side of shoulder. She's on guard all the time when we do anything with them. Until they are both tied...say for saddling....and they have to be far apart. Riding he doesnt do anything cause she will stand and wait for him to get in front...you can kick and whip and she will not move ahead of him without a huge fight...then its a fight to keep her there. We've also seen the biting and "picking on" happening thru the window while we're inside so I know its not just a jealousy thing. He will be 5 and she will be 6
When you put hay out for them, put three piles out, that way the mare always has one to go to and eventually he'll get tired of moving her around. Put the piles about 8-10 feet apart.
As for him chasing her away, you need to chase him away.......he obviously is the alpha but he needs to know when you are out there you are alpha. I have 5 horses here, one boarded and four of my own. They know when I am out in the pasture there is no pushing/shoving/biting/etc. while I am out there! If you have a training stick/strick take that in there and chase him off. She might run off too but that's ok, I would go in and every time he tried to move her I would move him! Our gelding that is 10 is the alpha here too but he does not move anyone while I am in there. We have a 18yr. Mare that is the bottom of the herd and she knows he won't chase her off if I am in there petting her.....you have to prove to your gelding you are the alpha.....good luck!