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post #1 of 24 Old 05-12-2011, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Pasture aggressive horse is on the BO's bad side...

So when I first brought Sav to the place I keep her (a friend's place with 4 other mares and one big pasture), my friend's 13 hand pony (who is a mean little snot) started tons of fights with her. Thing is, though, Savanna finished the fights. And now, every time she sees the pony, it seems like she pins her ears and tries to take a plug out of her. The pony starts it most of the time, but now my friend is getting angry at my horse and sent me kind of a mean email saying "I won't let my horses get chewed up" because the pony has a bite mark on her back (no broken skin, just raw). There's really no way to separate them because she is in the process of having the stalls built in the barn and there's one round bale for 5 horses to eat on all day, since the flooding has prevented the grass from growing. There's a smaller side field where she keeps the minis, but one mini is pregnant and will pick fights with the bigger horses, so if I put Sav over there and Gracie starts something, I'm afraid Sav will really hurt her. I'm just at a loss. My horse is a bully!


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post #2 of 24 Old 05-12-2011, 11:15 AM
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Find somewhere else to board. Your friend sounds like she's just about had it with your horse, and you're going to need to move her anyway. May as well do it before you lose the friendship.

I had a very horse aggressive gelding. It was MY responsibility to make sure he was at a place where he could have individual turnout. Since your horse is the one causing the problems, it's time for you to find a solution.

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post #3 of 24 Old 05-12-2011, 11:32 AM
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Find somewhere else to board. Your friend sounds like she's just about had it with your horse, and you're going to need to move her anyway. May as well do it before you lose the friendship.
Agreed.

I've found with barns if they won't seperate fighting horses, you need to take action by leaving before a horse (yours or someone elses) or yourself gets hurt. I'm lucky enough to have two horses, so most places will just keep them together which is really nice. It's hard when you only have one and almost every BO wants to put them with a herd. It sounds like your horse isn't overly aggressive, but became a little more hostile with another horse starting fights. Maybe if you move her and try her out in a herd where there is not so much of that, she'll be fine. Maybe not but you won't know until you try.

If you look at possible barns, tell them she might be aggressive with other horses...they will usually suggest sticking her with a large herd or putting her with a boss horse to kick her a** around a little - that always sends me running, but if you find a place that suggests a herd I would try it.

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I agree with Speed Racer. I would move your horse and find another place to board.
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Another vote for finding a new place for your horse.
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Thanks all. You know I hadn't even thought about it, and that is the most simple solution. I told my friend initially I could send her somewhere else until the stalls were built, and she said that was unnecessary. So she doesn't want me to move her, but I honestly don't want her horses (or mine!) getting scuffed or injured.

Let me give a bit of background: My friend Missy is close to 60 and has cancer. She cannot get out to be with her horses and take care of them like she wants. I've been friends with her since August of '10. I help her take care of her horses and in return she lets me keep my horse at her place for free. I'll voluntarily buy a round bale and a few bags of feed when I can sneak it in (she feels like I shouldn't have to do that). She is a very proud woman and extremely kind and giving, but she can also be rash and make impulsive decisions sometimes.

Me moving Savanna would be a good solution, but I would not be able to help Missy take care of her horses and work with Savanna like I need to simultaneously, since I am without a car at the moment. Even once I got my car, gas is so ridiculously high that it would just be unrealistic to visit both places regularly. Perhaps that is why I didn't automatically think of moving her to begin with. Maybe if I had given you the proper background information you would have seen that it would be difficult for me to do that. I appreciate it though, and understand completely how that would be a good solution!


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Yes, that does make things a bit more complicated.

Is there any way you can put up t-posts and string some hot wire to separate the existing pastures? That way, your mare can see the others but won't be able to get at them.

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Yes, that does make things a bit more complicated.

Is there any way you can put up t-posts and string some hot wire to separate the existing pastures? That way, your mare can see the others but won't be able to get at them.
We have some extra hot wire, but not t-posts. Where do they sell those? Home Depot? TSC? She has some roundpen panels as well that would make a small roundpen, but then she would have no shelter. It has been storming awful bad lately.

And yes, very complicated indeed! Haha.


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TSC and Lowe's both carry t-posts, as do most livestock cooperatives.

If you decide to go that route, don't forget caps for the t-posts. Horses are born looking for a way to commit suicide, and it's our duty to try and protect them from themselves!

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You can get them at TSC. A muzzle is something that's been suggested to me in the past.

ETA - Yes don't forget caps! My horses are extra suicidal and like to pull the caps off the t-posts.
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