Well, today was the first day of having Gandalf here with us. He came in this morning. Ella has been my only horse for an entire year, and I wasn't sure about her reaction. She was very excited to see him at first, and then later it turned into kicking, bucking and screaming. I expected it, they have to establish their ranks, and Ella is a Queen bee when it comes to other horses.
Well, after she settled down today, she did allow him inside the run in with her and they hung out together all day, but at feeding time, she went beserk and squealed, kicked, and ran him off into the deep snow. She even kicked him full out with both hind feet. Gandalf is 20 years old, I don't want her breaking bones on the poor guy.
So, I got in front of her, and she immediately stopped, she has nooo problems with respecting me and she'll back off when I get in her way. I fed them their hay in different spots and made it clear to her not to approach him, (everytime she tried to, I stopped her immediately anyway I could, even chucked a few snowballs at her....!!) well, the message was clear and she left him alone to eat.
I'm just wondering how much I should allow her to boss him around, when to step in and when to let them be horses. The main problem right now is all the snow....It is over knee deep on them, let alone how deep it is on me, I can't even walk in it....soo, their space is limited to what I have been able to shovel for them. If Ella decides to go after him ,he doesn't have much clearing to back up and get out of her way out there. I don't want her to think it's ok to kick him, I just won't allow that....but I do know horses will be horses, so how do I know when to NOT interfere?