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    11-04-2009, 11:34 AM
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Foal
Gelding and new horse problems

I have 4 horses, 3 I have had awhile and one new Paso Fino that is much smaller than the others. I board my horses with several other horses and none of them has bothered the new one because she is so laid back she doesn't try them. However my gelding is very ugly to her and he has always ran from all the other horses there. I don't understand why he is so mean to her. Granted he is my horse that I have always ridden and loved on and since I got the new one I do spend time with her although I try and spend as much time with him to, but I have ridden him and I have let others ride him. Do you think he could be jealous or what?

I'm sure this isn't the catagory this goes in, but I didn't see another one it would fit in either.
     
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    11-04-2009, 11:56 AM
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Well to understand why he's bullying her, first you have to understand the herd dynamic. How low or high is he in the herd? Did he used to be the one that was bullied? It could be possible that because he's low on the totem pole, he's picking on the new girl because she's the only one who will let him! As long as it isn't causing her undue stress, like say he's chasing her away from the water trough or from her share of free choice hay, it should settle down with time as she finds her own place in the herd.
     
    11-04-2009, 12:10 PM
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Foal
Yes I would say he is the low on the totem pole. He is the biggest one out there and yet the one that moves away from all the others when they come around. Thanks for explaining that to me it does make sense.
     
    11-04-2009, 12:26 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by ppickett21    
. He has always ran from all the other horses there.

You answered your own question..... He was low man and now he finally has another horse that he thinks he might put lower than him. She'll either let him or put him back into the low man position.

Keep an eye and make sure he's not getting overly aggressive. Other than that they just need to work it out.
     
    11-04-2009, 04:45 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
You answered your own question..... He was low man and now he finally has another horse that he thinks he might put lower than him. She'll either let him or put him back into the low man position.

Keep an eye and make sure he's not getting overly aggressive. Other than that they just need to work it out.
Agree totally with this. When Lady, a 16 yo QH mare, was added to the herd, Toby the only gelding tried to pick on her. It took a couple of weeks for her to settle in and put him back in his place....lowest on the totem pole. Mares rule, dontcha know.
     

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