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        10-14-2010, 10:59 AM
    Green Broke
    I'm a firm believer that horses need to sort their own pecking order issues out. While there are certainly exceptions (such as SpeedRacer's Conny mentioned above) I find the more you try to get involved or dictate the herd order, the more you prolong problems in the pasture. Some horses are by nature status seekers and dominant, while others are followers and more submissive. My herd never had a problem until I added several more horses. Monty, my rescue hackney pony, who is a very dominant little guy, Stiffler, who is submissive to the extreme, but attached himself to Monty so was therefore"guilty by association" in the eyes of my dominant pasture horse, Claymore. It threw a big wrench in my pasture order for about 2-3 months, there were a lot of scuffles, and Stiffler and Monty were both sporting a good number of superficial bites and scrapes. It actually settled down with the addition of 2 more mares to the pasture, and Monty getting over his David/Goliath issues. My pasture is now relatively quiet again, but we still have occasional food squabbles and two mares (Rain and Freyja) who are still going back and forth over the lead mare position.

    Since you don't have the facilities to separate, to my mind you have 2 options - wait it out and see if they can organize themselves, or send the aggressive horse on down the road. Good luck with whatever you choose to do!
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        10-14-2010, 09:55 PM
    Yep, you already got the advice I was going to give from SR and Indy. If he had been there for a very short amount of time, I was going to suggest giving him more time but 4 months should have been long enough for them to sort out a pecking order. Yep, you can either find a way to separate him or you need to let him go for the safety of the other horses.
        10-14-2010, 11:15 PM
    Haven't read the reply's so I may be repeating things, but unless the horse is in with show horses that need to be pretty all the time and there's a chance of his marking them let him get over it. If you're worried you can always hot tape a section of the pasture just for him and rotate the area so that he can get new graze. I did that for oen mare that was intent on scarring every other horse int he paddock and 2 weren't mine.
        06-09-2015, 04:07 AM
    I am having the same problem, another persons gelding is fighting with my gelding to the point I have put my gelding in a safe area as I don't know what to do, he has a cut above his eye, coronet and swelling on his lower leg. Im keeping him in there for a few days in the hope the other horse gets over it.
        06-09-2015, 07:38 AM
    Green Broke
    How big is the pasture and has he had testosterone levels checked?

    May be studdy.
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        06-09-2015, 04:37 PM
    My gelding does the same thing. He is horrible to all the horses so I don't turn him out with them.
    He was running horses all over the field chasing, biting, kicking and almost ran a few horses threw the fence.

    So stays by himself. He stays in his stall, gets lunged twice a day and if I can't lunge him I will turn him out in the round pen over night. During the late afternoon I hand graze him or turn him in my front yard to mow a little before evening feeding.

    Trust me my horse gets a lot of working time, and it keeps him busy.
        06-10-2015, 08:56 AM
    Hello . I know how you,s all feel my horse my horse is still in because he was fighting with another horse and that is about 2 if not 3 months he was let out but done it again so in and he only gets out by him self for a good while . The owners are great and know he can be a so and so .hope you can get things fixed out . Bye Purplelady
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        06-10-2015, 09:49 AM
    From what the OP has described, it sounds like he's not the aggressor but telling others to stay away. A bully will seek out a horse and go after it.
        06-10-2015, 12:01 PM
    I had a donkey once that would beat up another one of my donkeys.

    By watching I learned that the donkey getting beat up knew how to take care of the problem but need a tool to do so.

    About once a month I would put a rope halter that a had a chain under the chin. The donkey getting beat up would grab that chain and give the other donkey the what for. Leading him around, yank him down when he would rear up etc.

    All of that to say you just never know what will work for settling hash.

    We have a bully pony right now. He is much better when he is made to tow the line. If left alone without human interaction for too long he will treat his pasture mate worse. So dd works him daily.
        06-10-2015, 12:56 PM
    Zombie thread!!!! RAWWRRR!!!!
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