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post #1 of 14 Old 06-21-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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I didnt know where to put this but we have a bit of an issue with feeding. The biggest bully in the herd is the ottb who needs to be fed by himself because of his arthiritis so he has to have a special supplement in his feed but when we try feeding the other horses he tries to take there food and starts a big fight he kicks and bites almost all the horses even though we feed him first he still trys to eat there food we can't necessarily stall him because he wont stay tied up and we are doing rennovations in the barn

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-21-2013, 01:40 PM
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You can increase the distance between all the feed bowls and hay, and when feeding hay in a group setting always make sure there's a pile or two extra.

What do you mean he won't stay tied up?
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You can try to feed him as far away from the others as possible, but if you can't tie him and you can't seperate him, there really isn't a ton you can do.

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We do set them apart pretty far away he's just a big bully and we need to find a solution fast before something bad happens. He about trappled the neighbors little girl when she was moving her pony around.

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We do set them apart pretty far away he's just a big bully and we need to find a solution fast before something bad happens. He about trappled the neighbors little girl when she was moving her pony around.
I wouldn't let little kids around horses at feeding time in general...
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I wouldn't let little kids around horses at feeding time in general...
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She had to get the pony out because the ottb the other horses are fine except him. And the girl is almost 10 so she's not that little.

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Children shouldn't be allowed in a group feeding situation at all, in my opinion. If this horse is that big of a bully, he needs to be separated. Build a fence, rent a pasture, hurry up and fix the barn, whatever it takes. 'We can't separate him' isn't really a valid statement. You CAN separate him, you just won't.
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Children shouldn't be allowed in a group feeding situation at all, in my opinion. If this horse is that big of a bully, he needs to be separated. Build a fence, rent a pasture, hurry up and fix the barn, whatever it takes. 'We can't separate him' isn't really a valid statement. You CAN separate him, you just won't.
Like I said the other horses are fine just not him. And um its kinda of hard to seperate him I looked for advice not to be ragged on

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post #9 of 14 Old 06-21-2013, 03:04 PM
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Your options boil down to these: Separate him, get rid of him, get rid of the other horses. Not ragging, but that's really all the advice you're going to get. I'm not trying to rag on you. Beg, borrow or steal (being facetious there) what you need to separate that horse, or you really need to consider getting rid of him.

Also, it doesn't matter how many of the horses are fine, the fact that there is one who isn't means that children shouldn't be allowed in there. If the pony needs to be removed, catch the aggressive horse first so the child (or preferably a parent) can remove the pony. If the child gets hurt, it won't matter a whit that all the other horses were fine.
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You don't have to build another permanent pasture to seperate them, just toss out some portable electric fencing across your pasture.
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