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post #1 of 6 Old 02-10-2012, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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A problem with 2 Geldings

I recently acquired 2 geldings- a Haflinger who's 15, and a QH cross who's 13- This happened very suddenly, so we were a little unprepared, and it's dead winter here in NY, so it was a mad scramble. We have about a 3 acre pasture that has only a perimeter fence. I was under the impression that these boys had been out together and would be fine together. By the 3rd day out, I went to collect them to bring them back to the barn(we need to build a 3 side out there) and all hell broke loose.
The QH starts running around like a madman, snorting, biting the Haffie, chasing him in circles, and not letting me get anywhere near them. After about 15 minutes, I caught a lucky break with the Haffie blocking the QH so he couldn't see me approach, was able to get leads on both and get them back to the barn without further issue.
I had a horse owner friend come over and take a look at them-I had turned them out separately, so the QH was in pasture, the Haffie in the barn. We did some exercises, changed stalls, etc. She said she would still put them out together, but I am worried that this will happen again, and the less dominant Haffie is going to get hurt, or run through a fence because he has no choice.
Should I turn them out separately until we can split the pasture, or take a chance and see what happens?
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We had a similar instance with a dominant mare (we dont own her) being out on pasture with our mare and a gelding. She put the run on our mare to a point of her being sweat up head to foot to stop us from bringing in our mare. It took 3 people to keep the dominant mare away from ours so we could bring her in. Our mare was shaking head to foot with fear of this mare as she herself has always been a greet and meet us mare.
The dominant mare is out much of the time, ridden and worked very little, and become very bossy, and has an owner that has never put her in her place. We have never turned out our mare with that group again. We have additional paddocks so it is not a problem.
If the dominant horse is running the other one to keep it away from you I would suggest seperation. I would also suggest working on the dominant to teach him some manners before you attempt to keep them out together. This was a dangerous situation as the dominant mare in our case became aggressive with us, rearing at us, kicking out and even kicking our mare to force her to move away from us if she stood her ground.
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I should also add- when turned out separately, they do quite well- the QH lets me walk right up to him, no fuss at all. He does get anxious in his stall if the Haffie goes first, so I plan to let him go first-my Haffie is a calm soul, so other than calling to his friend once in a while, he's fine. We are hoping to split the fence in the next few days(if we can get more T posts in the ground) and turn them out together(in separate fences, where they can still see each other) to see how it goes. Eventually, they will be pastured side by side permanently so there's no time like the present I suppose.

The QH( his name is Zig) is just very unsure-they have only been here a week, and Lord knows when the last time was that anyone worked with him. His ground manners need tuning up for sure, and other than hopping on his back with just clip reins, I have not ridden him, nor will I again until he settles in and we work on some respect first. He is not violent or mean towards me or anyone else, but his nervousness to this new place is a concern. I think this one needs a firm but gentle approach for sure.

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JLane Yes I agree with what you are saying. The mare that was aggressive with our mare is a quiet, but pushy mare when she is alone. She can be ridden after being off for several weeks and doesnt have a buck in her but her personality shines right through when her owner asks her to do something she doesnt want to do. Respect is a huge issue with such horses. Best of luck with your boys.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-10-2012, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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Annie- Thanks for not making me feel like an idiot I have been away from horses for nearly 20 years- my daughter, who is 6, found her horse passion a year ago- when these two boys got dropped in my lap, I thought, oh boy, here we go!!

Every day has been a joy since they got here tho, and I love having horses in my life again-it's been way too long!!
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You are most welcome.
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