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    06-21-2009, 11:05 PM
  #1
Foal
Question Problem bringing home new horse

First post here so hello to everyone first.

SO my wife and I have had a mare QH for a little while now and she has been a GREAT horse. A friend called and said she needed a home for a five year old mare Paint. Figured fine, would work some with this one and have a horse for both my wife and I to ride. Well, sounded like a good plan.

I got the Paint over to the stalls no problem but now the QH is going nuts. She keeps charging the other one (they are in different stalls but next to each other). She keeps biting the rails and shaking the hell out of them, biting the other horse when she can get at it and will not stop putting the ears back and showing her teeth at the other. My wife took the QH out for a ride this morning and I waited until they were gone to go into the stall with the Paint, well the QH spotted me from a ways off and came back not listening to commands or anything (she would stop but as soon as the preasure was off she was on the move again). She has four other mares around her and one gelding and could care less about them but they were there before she was.

To the point, is this going to continue or will they work things out and things go back to normal? The Paint is having nothing to do with this, she stays back with the head mostly down.
     
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    06-22-2009, 01:10 AM
  #2
Showing
It is never easy to deal with an aggressive horse. Among the other horses she is penned with, is your QH at the top or the bottom of the pecking order? If she is at the top, she could just be trying to prove to the new horse that she is the boss. If she is at the bottom, she could be trying to establish her place as higher than the paint and make her the new bottom rung. You might try introducing them again in neutral territory like a pasture they have never been in before and see if that works. Pretty much the only 2 options you have are to keep them separated and give it more time or put them together and let them work it out. The QH may or may not stop harassing the paint after they are together, you just never can quite tell.

Sorry I'm not much help. :/

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    06-22-2009, 03:23 PM
  #3
Yearling
Welcome! Can you change up the pen order? Separate them with a couple of horse's?

I find it very odd that from a distance she would be coming back, to me that's not logical horse thinking. I think what was happening was that QH is barn sour and it was just a fluke that you happened to be going into the stall, she was on her way back regardless.

As smrobs said, you just never know who they will like and don't.
     
    06-22-2009, 03:33 PM
  #4
Weanling
I have a nasty mare like this. She just plain isn't happy until she's kicked everyone's *ss. Usually, it's not bad - just a show of how big she is, though there have been a few times where she's kicked them pretty badly.
What I always do is just to let them share a fence line for a few days or a week, then introduce them - just the 2 of them, in good strong fencing, and let them come to an agreement of their own. If you keep the paint, it will happen sooner or later, and as far as I go (personally) best to just get it over with. If your situation is such that you can keep juggling them, go for it, but I just find it simpler to let them work it out.
     
    06-22-2009, 03:35 PM
  #5
Showing
I need a time frame How long have you had the new horse? They should be quarantined away from each other for a week or so for vet checks etc. anyway. But once that is over I would just throw them in together and see what happens. Its very important to have a pecking order even with just 2 horses. Someone must be the lead mare. I'm sure once they are in the same pasture they will work it out.
There may be a few bite marks on the loser so keep some triple antibiotic ointment on hand
Just FYI the best place to do the initial intro is a large round pen if you have one. Its best to not have any corners where the lead will work the subordinate into the corner and kick them silly. I hate to say it but horses are to stupid to get themselves out of a corner. If you don't have one, run some boards through the corners to keep them from being able to get into them. This isn't mandatory but it may reduce the chance of injury.
     
    06-22-2009, 06:32 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
Welcome! Can you change up the pen order? Separate them with a couple of horse's?

I find it very odd that from a distance she would be coming back, to me that's not logical horse thinking. I think what was happening was that QH is barn sour and it was just a fluke that you happened to be going into the stall, she was on her way back regardless.

As smrobs said, you just never know who they will like and don't.

They seem to be better today but the Paint now has less tail hair and a few bite marks on her butt.

Its strange, the QH isn't barn sour. If my wife is riding her in the round pin and I walk up she will stop right in front of me every time. We got her somewhat broke of that, now she will slow down but she will keep going. She was also, if my wife was on the ground, taking bites at her if I walked up and was close to my wife. That one we got fixed real fast.

I hope in the next few days they will have it worked out and maybe everyone is right, I just need to take them both down to the round pin and let them work it out as they would in the wild. I just really don't want to do that, the QH has about three hundred pounds on the Paint.
     

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