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    01-11-2010, 10:48 PM
  #1
Yearling
Fighting ponies

I couldn't figure out where else to put this so here goes:

We've had Spirit, a 13.3 POA gelding for about 3 yrs. Now. He's in the middle of the pecking order in our herd, very calm, docile, doesn't kick or bite other horses when in hand or being ridden.

We brought in a new pony, 12 hd. POA gelding recently and put him in a corral next to the other geldings' pasture to let them meet and greet. No problem through the fence but when we brought them out together to ride this weekend , they immediately started trying to go after each other in hand and when being ridden. We were able to get them to behave for the most part but any time they were close they would start up again. We turned the new pony out in the big pasture and he was fine, rolling and nibbling on grass but Spirit pulled away and went after him. They went after each other like stallions, clashing, clamping onto each other's withers, kicking, rearing. It was amazing! I've never seen horses other than stallions in the wild go at it like that. I had to run at them, waving the riding pads I was carrying, to get them to break apart.

Do some horses/ponies just take an instant dislike to each other? Spirit doesn't act like that with any other horse. Any ideas?
     
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    01-11-2010, 10:56 PM
  #2
Foal
They are trying to see who will be before who as far as pecking order goes. In my opinion (some people may not agree with me on his but oh well) I would turn them all out together (im guessing its a herd a gelding) and let em rip lol. They need to learn to stand up for themselves and learn when to back down.

The first time I put my horse out with the 5 other geldings, he went out there like a tough guy. He did all his fancy arab stuff, snorting like a stud and pawing. He did the floating trott that was absolutly AMAZING lol but every horse does. Long story short, he got his butt kick lol he is the lowest horse in teh field. I don't feel a bit sorry for him. If he can't get the other horses to move their feet like they do his, then he doesn't deserve to be alfa in the field. Plain and simple.

Hope this helps!! :)
     
    01-11-2010, 10:56 PM
  #3
Foal
If they aren't hurting each other, just let them sort it out themselves. Perhaps you're gelding is quite territorial? To be honest, it's the horses natural behaviour to organise their pecking order - it's just some are a bit more aggressive about it, and if the other horse won't back down then it can look quite rough. They rarely actually hurt each other besides a few scrapes and bruises.

I would just let them in together and keep an eye on them from the fenceline. If they get very violent or don't settle down after a few hours then perhaps they just aren't going to get along and will have to be paddocked seperately.
     
    01-12-2010, 01:29 AM
  #4
Yearling
I do understand about pecking order and like to see my horses kept in as much of a natural environment as possible, haven't ever had 2 react like this before. If it was just the normal pawing, squealing, lunging and a little kicking I wouldn't be worried but this was a full-on attack by my pony, 13.3, 900 lbs. On a 12 hd, 500 lb. Pony that I am feed-leasing so I really don't want anything to happen to the little pony. He was certainly feisty and wasn't backing down but the way they were going at it, someone was bound to get hurt....... We're feed leasing the little pony's buddy too and he seems very submissive so maybe I'll introduce him to the herd first minus Spirit, my pony and once he's been accepted, I would imagine the herd leader, my paint would discipline Spirit for being overzealous. Mares are usually the bitchy ones, not geldings!!!.
     

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