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post #1 of 6 Old 01-27-2011, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Striking out?!

Today I put Lola in a different field. I watched her for a while and noticed she did weird things! She would go up to a horse and they would smell each other. But they did it like really fast...Like they were smelling very loudly ....( I dunno how to describe it) Then she started pawing and did a little rear striking out at the horse with her front feet?! I have never seen a horse do that before. Usually when they want another horse away they will turn around and kick it...

So what was she trying to say to those horses?


Adding I also see horses bite other horses but pawing at them is odd. =/

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-28-2011, 12:33 AM
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Today I put Lola in a different field. I watched her for a while and noticed she did weird things! She would go up to a horse and they would smell each other. But they did it like really fast...Like they were smelling very loudly ....( I dunno how to describe it) Then she started pawing and did a little rear striking out at the horse with her front feet?! I have never seen a horse do that before. Usually when they want another horse away they will turn around and kick it...

So what was she trying to say to those horses?


Adding I also see horses bite other horses but pawing at them is odd. =/

Its a mare thing. I have had mostly mares my whole life and a few (like 5) have been known to paw when the meet another horse. My new baby is one of those mares. It's normal. I wouldn't worry until someone gets kicked at, then I would move them. Pawing is usually a play thing if the just all of a sudden rare up and paw, if they are smelling and then rare up and paw they are difinitely not happy.

The first time my baby pawed she was sniffing out barn cat and he twitched his tail and she slapped at him. It was the funniest thing (she didnt hit him, thank goodness) but it scared the holy bajezus out of me
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-28-2011, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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Oh right thanks! I will be moving her today. Hopefully she has not hurt any of the other horses...I only put her in there because it is closer than the other field XD
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-28-2011, 10:17 AM
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Our mares do it also when meeting new horses. I think it's kind of a domination thing. They want to meet the other horse but strike to show they would be higher in the herd pack. Just my thought.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-28-2011, 11:45 AM
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My gelding does it when he meets someone new too. It's a herd thing.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-28-2011, 11:57 AM
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Yeah my mares and geldings do it, It seems to just be a herd thing, I wouldn't worry about it or bother moving her if no ones getting hurt. They seem to stop after they figure out who the boss is. With all the horses I've seen do it they have never actually striked each other...
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