Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: United States, State of Indiana
• Horses: 0
Problem with a Senior Horse and a Yearling...
Hi all! I am new here, but I have a question that maybe someone can help me with, but before I ask, please please don't chastise me or flame me or be rude to me about this, but it's honestly a situation I do not know how to deal with and I need help... I've been boarding my Arabian horse, Lightning, at this wonderful barn for over a year now. He's happy there, and he loves it there. I love it there as well, until a new boarder arrived about 4-5 months ago with two Standardbreds. A mother and her yearling. Now, at this barn, they keep the mares and the geldings/studs separated, which is perfectly understandable.
This yearling is STILL a stud and has not been gelded yet, and I have no clue if they plan to geld him or not. The problem is, is that my Arabian is up there in age (he's 28), but he can still hold with the best of them! He doesn't act his age at all. However, this boarder has done NOTHING with his yearling! This horse has absolutely no manners whatsoever. He has no understanding of personal space or respect. He crowds you, he chases you, bites you, he thinks he has to practically clobber you but on top of that, he does that to my horse!
Every time I go out to retrieve Lightning from the pasture, I halter him with his lead to take him into his stall, Kid (the yearling) chases us down and tries to jump on top of Lightning! Lightning pins his ears, kicks at him, usually ends up taking off and ripping the lead rope out of my hands in the process, and sometimes Kid will follow him right into his stall and crowds him, making it difficult for me to get into Lightning's stall to retrieve him because of how pushy and nippy Kid is. I wouldn't put it past him to try and rear up in the stall at me or something. I have tried everything I know how, but I've never dealt with a yearling before! The youngest horse I have ever had was a 6 year old.
Does anybody know of anything I can do so me and my horse will both stop being put into an unsafe situation every time I go to retrieve him? I mean lord only knows what goes on in the pasture! I have expressed my concern to the people who own the barn, and they have apologized profusely, but really there's nowhere else Kid can go, and he and Lightning share a pasture they have separated off as Lightning is an older boy, and we need to keep him closer to the barn, as well as the yearling, which I understand, but I'm tired of nearly being trampled and watching my horse get glomped by this yearling every single time I go to get him! Does anybody have any suggestions on what I can do so I don't get hurt when I go out there? This horse does not listen whatsoever, and I'm at my wits end. I'd rather not almost get killed every single time I go out there... Thanks for the advice/suggestions in advance! It's much appreciated!