Originally Posted by PADEAN
oK, that brings me to ask two other question s. 1) What is too aggressive of behavior? 2) Who do you separate, the agressor or the one being abused? Thanks
My once in a lifetime was horribly aggressive to other horses. He adored people, but hated pretty much any other horse that walked the planet. He was completely controllable under saddle and in hand, but in a herd situation he was beyond nasty.
When he went after another horse, it was all out war. He fully intended to maim, if not outright kill, whoever happened to be his target.
He was the one who was kept separated, because it wasn't the other animals' fault that he was so evil. Why penalize the horses who get along with each other? It's the aggressive one who needs to be kept out of the herd dynamic.
He did mellow somewhat with age and I was able to turn him out with my other 2 in the last 3 years of his life, but he was definitely the herd alpha, and brooked no arguments to his ironclad despotism.
There's a reason
I called him my little bay demon in horse form!