Is it ok to seperate two horses for months at a time?
Hello everyone! I would like to say thanks in advance for any comments to this thread. :)
I have a 14-year old Arabian/American Saddlebred mare. I have had her for 3 years now, and she is a wonderful horse. However, she is agressive like you wouldn't believe in the pasture. I only have one other horse- a Quarter Horse gelding, who has always been very laid back. My mare beats the heck out of my gelding. Poor guy- he always has bite marks on him. She is respectful of people, but she has never been an over affectionate horse.
I noticed that my mare is agressive toward all horses. This has never been a problem for me over the past years, as I am the only one who rides in my family, and I usually take each horse for a ride separately. (There are riding trails within close distance of my farm.) On the seldom days I do ride her with other horses, her ears pin back, and she tries to kick/turn her butt toward the other horses. I have tried keeping her busy, but she is still VERY distracted through the whole ride. I try my hardest to stay calm and focus on her. And then when I ride off seperately from the group of horses, she whinnies like crazy! I am confused! It is almost like she has a love/hate relationship with other horses. I was wondering what would be the best way to work with her on riding calmly with other horses.
Another concern I have is that I have noticed that she is less "moody" when I pasture her by herself. So for the past 3 years I have kept my mare and gelding together in the fall through spring months. Then I separate them during the summer months. They can still see each other while separated, but they are too far away to make contact. (About 30 feet away.) For the most part, both horses seem ok. I always try to spend as much time bonding with each horse as I can when they are separated, and I usually ride everyday. I discussed this with a fellow horse owner, and she thinks that horses should be together all the time. I understand they are herd animals, but I worry about my gelding sometimes. He is more jumpy when he is with the mare- almost like he needs to watch out for himself. I also find that it helps tremendously with the barn sour issue. Is it ok to separate horses for 4 months at a time?
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