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    02-15-2009, 10:26 PM
  #1
Foal
geldings fighting

Friday we got a TB and have him seperated from our other 2 horses(all geldings)well yesterday after riding(left new guy at home) we let all of them be together, all seemed fine until a knock on the door,(security for the timber co letting us know) new horse went running off up the road/in the woods/at the neighbors after tearing thru tape fence, and the other two were in the back yard eating. I could tell by the fresh bites our other boys roughed him up. So the seperation continues.But today while hubby and son were working on the shelter they left a dividing gate open so the 2 got in w/ the TB.They chased him right thru the fence again and into there open space, they chased him so viciously it was scarey to watch.Luckily he ran under fence and back into his own pen and we began to repair fence again....my question is: will this ever stop our will they have to live seperate forever. I could never trust them and I certainly don't want injuries or a lost horse in the woods. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
     
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    02-15-2009, 11:00 PM
  #2
Trained
I think you are either going to have to have your new tb separate or, split up the 2 other horses and see if they get along with other horses by themselves.

My mare was put in with other horses once. 2 geldings and 1 mare. Everything was fine for a while and then early the next morning the mare and "her" gelding ganged up on my mare and gave her some nasty cuts. Once the gelding left and the mare was back in with Vega, everything was fine.
     
    02-15-2009, 11:17 PM
  #3
Yearling
I agree that you may have to split up your other geldings and put them in with him one at a time to give them time to lose that "Us against them" mentality so that they feel he is part of their herd. Our geldings do fine with other geldings but once you add a mare, there are problems!! Goodluck :)
     
    02-16-2009, 09:20 AM
  #4
Foal
Thanks I think that's what I'll do, hopefully no one runs thru the fence again!
     
    02-16-2009, 07:21 PM
  #5
Foal
Did you do any gradual introductions or just put them together? Being herd animals horses like to pick out their pecking order, and if your new guy is acting too big for his britches your other horses may feel threatened. Are they able to see each other from their separate pastures, and touch noses over the fence? If so, allow them to do that for some time, and take the less aggressive of the two and put them with the new guy, it's not unusual for them to test each other, maybe do some 'on halter' intros. Good luck!
     
    02-16-2009, 08:08 PM
  #6
Trained
I would advise against halter introductions. I feel it is too dangerous to have 2 1000+ pound animals that may fight or run with a human being attached to the end of a lead.

Over the fence introductions are good, but they may try to be like "This is my space, move!" (My qh gelding did that to my app mare and gelding over the fence, but they're fine when they're together)
     
    02-17-2009, 12:13 PM
  #7
Foal
There were gradual intros but not long enough lol.They can reach each other over the fence and I think we'll leave it like that for now. I can't take a chance them getting out again, we live where there is timber land behind us and a road right in front and very little neighbors to help.At least this week is midwinter break so me and the kids are home to keep an eye on everyones behavior. I know eventually they will tolerate each other, it was our bad the first time and just a mistake the second, both very scarey though.Live and learn and thank GOD no one got more than a couple good bites.
Thanks for the input.
     

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