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        08-16-2011, 11:21 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    The pony came from a similar field so I think she'll be ok. The others maybe not so much. Mostly dirt but were fed alfalfa hay year around. I'd say the field I have them in is not more than 30% alfalfa. Think that's too much? I honestly do appriciate the input. Now I know what to watch for. I don't have any place to put any of them that's not tall grass and alfalfa mixed. Even my corals have tall grass right now. It's been a really wet spring/summer.

    I come from a working dog (hounds)back ground and have very little use for useless animals. So if these horses don't work out they'll go down the road until I get some that do. I don't see them as big cuddly dogs. I can't stand any animals getting into my personal space. I just wanted to verify that this was inappropriate. When he did it, all I was doing is pushing him back. I didn't know if this was enough or if he needed more discipline.
         
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        08-16-2011, 12:58 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Not all hounds work for a living. Take a look at mine. She is the epitome of laziness. Pure love and laziness. (She will not be bred by the way.)

         
        08-16-2011, 01:13 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Talking

    LOL. I wish mine would relax like that. I don't think they even know how. I hunt bear, mt lion, bobcat, and coon with mine. They are pretty much hunted year around. I have 5 in my kennels.
         
        08-16-2011, 01:20 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Well poor old Blue once treed a raccoon. When it finally came down, she tried to make friends. She would probably kiss a bear. It is not too hard to figure out why her previous owner abandoned her. Lol

    To me, she is the perfect dog.
         
        08-16-2011, 02:36 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    Well poor old Blue once treed a raccoon. When it finally came down, she tried to make friends. She would probably kiss a bear. It is not too hard to figure out why her previous owner abandoned her. Lol
    Our 20 lb Jack Russell tried to attack a bear cub a few years ago when my dad took her to the hunt camp up north. She had to spend most of that trip locked in the truck, or else she would have been bearsnack She doesn't realize how small she is-she'll jump on anything and fight to the death, and she's got the scars to prove it. She's killed possums and groundhogs that are bigger than she is. Dad usually has to help her kill the bigger groundhogs and raccoons, though.
         
        08-16-2011, 03:40 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I had a JRT mix that I used for hunting and he wasn't afraid of bears and never got hurt. They are quick.
         
        08-16-2011, 04:18 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    I generally let the horses get somewhat acquainted over the fence for a couple days then throw them together. They'll work out their pasture rankings in short order, might be a few bite and kick marks but that's horses for you.

    The only time you really have a long lasting issue is when throwing two extremely dominate horses together. Had a friend with that situation and it seemed the top spot switched every other week. I would of sent one down the road myself just to maintain pasture peace.

    As for trail riding, just watch the ears and tails of your surrounding horses. Those will give you tell tales of how well the horses get along, adjust your spacing accordingly to avoid kicks/bites. Most horses have a bubble, figure out how big that bubble is and keep your horse outside of it.

    As a rule of thumb for trail riding:

    -Mares don't like geldings to close on their tails unless they are really good buddies. Think of the good looking gal sitting at a bar with every guy in the joint hitting on her, she'll get more then a little testy.

    -Mares may or may not get along with each other. Mares used as broodmares tend to let their feelings known more then non broodmares.

    -Geldings generally get along but if two take a real dislike to each other look out.
         
        08-16-2011, 04:23 PM
      #18
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bearkiller    
    LOL. I wish mine would relax like that. I don't think they even know how. I hunt bear, mt lion, bobcat, and coon with mine. They are pretty much hunted year around. I have 5 in my kennels.
    That sounds like a blast! My hubby & I upland bird hunt with our drathaar & kurzhaar as well as do some blood tracking. Always nice when you can't find a deer. Wish we had big game like that in my neck of the woods!

    You've gotten good advice on the horse side of it. In the pasture I let them sort it out, they will figure out their place in the hierarchy. When I am in the mix that's a huge no no. You did right backing him off, if he gets pushy after asking him to move out of your space, up the ante and increase the pressure.
         
        08-18-2011, 05:54 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I appreciate all of the help. I didn't have any issues at all yesterday when I was at the field for a few hours.

    I know of a guy in AZ who hunts biggame (bears I believe) with drats. They seem like cool dogs.
         
        08-18-2011, 05:59 PM
      #20
    Trained
    What are drathaars & kurzhaars?
         

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