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    11-01-2012, 09:44 PM
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Foal
pasture buddies

Hello
I am a new proud owner of a 2 year old Clydesdale "Fancy" 17hh, and about 1800lbs. She is my first horse so I am new to it all. She would see other horses and break out to be with them. They would end up down the road. She likes helping other horses escape as well. She is the first clydesdale around here, so I can't afford for her to get to far away :)) Well I decided to get another horse, to keep her company. The other horse is not a clydes. I was worried about the size difference. She hasnt been out since, the neighbors are happy about that too. In the pasture they are fine together, Ma my other horse is a 3 year old unknown breed. She stays on Fancys side they are okay with sharing hay, and water. Sweet feed on the other hand, they have to be seperated. My problem is where Fancy came from she was the center of attention, although she was one of about 30 clydesdales she was the spoiled one. When I am in the pasture, she walkes circles around Ma, walks over her, and I have had to break up a fight. How do I correct this dominant behavior. I have been told once the alpha always an alpha, and that she wont stop that behavior. If I try to touch Ma, Fancy bites at her and Ma will go away. Fancy nips at her sides, now I think she automactically knows that if I am around only Fancy can be close to me. I know if I got rid of Ma Fancy would get back to her old tricks. Does anyone have and advice where to begin.
     
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    11-01-2012, 09:50 PM
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If Fancy is above Ma in the hierarchy, you must be above Fancy. Go in to visit and drive Fancy away , repeatedly if necessary, so that you can approach Ma. Use a dressage whip to do this, though you probably wont' need to actually hit them, just wave it vigorously so it makes noise.

Fancy is a baby and is thus mischieveous and "naughty". If this is your first horse, you should find soemone to help start teaching her the correct way to behave around humans, so you can stay safe and enjoy your interactions. As for her relationship with Ma, they'll have to sort it out.
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    11-01-2012, 10:04 PM
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Foal
I do agree that you should be the dominant one, but also I need to point out that you need to seperate them sometimes, or else they will become too herd-bound. We had two horses once that if you took one out and left the other in, they would break fences and panic to find each other.
     
    11-01-2012, 10:11 PM
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Yes, that is SO true, especially two mares. (a filly and a mare)
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    11-01-2012, 10:20 PM
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Foal
Thank you for your response. I will start working with the whip, and see where that goes. They have a long life ahead of them together. I have a lot to learn thank you again for your response
     

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