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post #11 of 17 Old 08-07-2010, 06:45 PM
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My horses wouldn't share feed if you held a gun to their head :]

Honestly, if one horse is getting picked on, generally it's because they don't know how to act in a herd and aggravate the alpha or simply don't get out of the way quick enough.

I have always had one clear alpha and a few submissive horses. Wildey was always the bottom of the pack but he was smart, kept to himself and got out of the way and never got injured.

Buddy was also submissive, but he was not the smartest, and just didn't move when the alpha warned - So he got nailed. Not a reason for me to seperate them in my eyes.

I've never seperated horses - The other day Latte and another horse Jay were in together and he was charging her and she was bucking at him, both hind hooves flying. We just let them get it out and lo and behold, they settled down.

If you are worried about him getting bitemarks, put a rug on him.

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post #12 of 17 Old 08-07-2010, 07:05 PM
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I so glad you posted this thread. My sis & I keep our 4 mares together. My horse, Willow is such a witch to everyone. She doesn't bother Tiene because she's the alpha, but she really bullies the other 2. Take one away though & they are knicker like crazy.
Thankfully the mares have enough room to get away from each other and we spread their feed out.
Still, its embarassing when their going at it. I feel like the lady in Walmart who's kid decides to throw a tantrum in the middle of the aisleway.

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post #13 of 17 Old 08-07-2010, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Goose View Post
my beau, I said I saw on here two horse eating out of the same bucket, my guys can't get close to that, and they have been together two months, and I have seen the aggresiveness and he ain't playing
My bad, I missed the "on here" part...

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post #14 of 17 Old 08-07-2010, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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is all good, I just didn't want you to think that I have two horses eating out of the same bucket and I was worried about them getting along.... I would be in heaven if my boys would do that.....

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post #15 of 17 Old 08-08-2010, 11:32 AM
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I agree with WS about horses eating out of the same bucket. Flame and Soda groom each other all the time, flirt, "play", and think they're dying if separated BUT there is no way they would ever eat grain out of the same bucket. They will only rarely share a hay pile. Most horses aren't really into sharing food actually come to think of it, most animals don't share food well. Unless it's with babies.
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post #16 of 17 Old 08-08-2010, 12:13 PM
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I know exactly how you feel. We used to have 9 horses together. What a mess. But the squabbles eventually faded. And the fact that my mare is low on the totem makes her a prime target for bites. She normally knows to get out of the way in time but every now and then she just isnt quick enough. So for the past month, I havent been able to ride either because of the bites on her back. My filly on the other hand, she stays close to the boss mare, so she doesnt get much in the way of discipline from the others. But she does get her share. The funny thing is, is, when it is feeding time, she is next to the boss and the other horses will stay on the opposite side of the filly to eat away from the boss, as if to say, if the boss feels like she needs to bite, the filly gets it first. But that rarely happens. The boss will purposely go around the filly to get the other horses. Its kind of nice that she (filly) gets a little better treatment like that. We only have one mare that is soooo smart, she completley stays away from everyone else. So it is rare for her to have marks. Have you ever watched when a dominant horse chases another horse and that horse seems to get ****ed and chases another horse? It is so funny. Like the horse getting chased first is embarrassed and needs to prove herself to someone else. Gotta love just watching them in their own world.
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post #17 of 17 Old 08-08-2010, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Goose View Post
does anyone else have to do this or any ideas on how to make them best friends?

We have a similar situation.....

Our two horses are related and they get along fine on trail rides or when being led along next to each other, but when left in the pasture together, my boy will frequently get the worst of it. Bite marks, skinned strips etc.

I finally found out what was going on: it appears that his nephew really likes to play and gets irritated when my horse doesn't want to participate. While I was watching them, the perpetrator actually hid in the run-in shed, waited for my horse to walk by, and ran out to ambush him! It was a pre-meditated attack!

So, they got different pasture buddies after that and all is fine. The perpetrator is now in the pasture with a much bigger horse that he apparently has more respect for....

I guess sometimes it's just that way....

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