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    11-05-2010, 10:26 PM
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I'd like to say that the way the lady that I cleaned stalls for trailer was there wasn't a way the horses could actually fight. The middle was completely divided from waist down. The horses could only sniff each other through the hay guard bars. She also had their heads tied. Maybe it doesn't work everytime or maybe that time was a fluke, it was just a suggestion.

I have actually seen what Kevin is talking about done by a trainer on RFDTV. I don't remember how it turned out but it sounds like a better idea than mine!
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    11-07-2010, 12:58 AM
Where I board we had our dominant mare and her "body guard" mare attack one of the other mares last summer and that mare wound up with a broken leg and had to be euthanized. Seeing your mares kick each other like that really scares me. It only takes one good kick to break the others leg. I say that they should not be penned together, they may seem ok eventually, but it wont last.
    11-07-2010, 01:51 AM
Still waiting on Justus' stall to go in so they're still in seperate pens, and have to admit I'm kinda nervous about when she's put in Jesse's paddock...but I'm confident Justus is smart enough she knew to just stay away from her at the end of our first session. I REALLY like kevinshorses idea about pushing them both together instead of away from each other! Great idea, totally using that one - thanks!

Keeping Justus outside for the winter is always an option - never been stalled before but I was looking forward to not having to take the winter easy. Not crazy workouts, but not fear her working a little bit of a sweat because I have to put her back out in -40 plus wind and don't have 3 hours to dry her! Every winter before this, we've been limited to pretty much walk/trot and no actual exersize to keep them fit. Every spring then becomes a "get back in shape"...so yeah, excited to try a stall out, but not going to risk harm to Justus for it. If they don't settle a bit in the first couple days - week, I'll pull her and do outside.
    11-07-2010, 01:00 AM
I also had the same thing like this with my horse when I boarded him at a new place. My only option was to let them fight it out. He has a permanent scar of a horse shoe on his rump (its not noticeable because his tail) but they came to an agreement and Blue ran Everado on top of the hill and that's where he stayed. They'll eventually work it out and after they are around each other it won't be this bad.
    11-09-2010, 12:01 AM
That's a tough one. We board at a dude ranch too so I know how that is. It is a constant shuffling around between keeping the horses in a smaller area where they are safe or letting them in the big fields where they run the risk of injury from fighting. Right now the number of boarders is down so we get a field with only one other horse but this summer they had to live in a big pen. What if you left Justus in her own pen but put a blanket on her to keep her winter hair from growing so thick? Even so you can't really work hard in the winter, too dangerous.
    11-09-2010, 02:03 AM
I suppose it's no more expensive to invest in a $350 blanket than to pay an extra $50 a month for a stall...but she's already got her winter whoolies something fierce and that doesn't account for the -40 wind factor.

I spoke to the guy putting the stall in (STILL not up) and told him to aim for next weekend and just credit my account for next month. I don't think the ranch even HAS seperate paddocks available right now? Even then, seperate paddocks are so tiny, I wouldn't want that for her. At least right now she's in roughly 1.5 acres split in 2 but the group of 10-12 horses gets both. The horses that come in are in like half an acre with 6 of them already. It's NOT a big space. But with more of them there, I think they'll be shuffling everyone for the winter anyway to bring the teams in and put the trail riding horses out. Will settle down for winter this month hopefully!

Thanks for the input!

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