Donkey is ruining my new horse!! Help me!
First off, Im brand new to this forum. I just bought my first horse, Dozer, about a week ago. He's an 11 yr old appaloosa. He's been used in the rodeo for roping cattle and in childrens camps. He's been handled by young kids as young as 5. The second I laid eyes on him I had to have him! He was perfect for me since I havent dealt with horses in many years. Hes a little lazy, which is what I wanted. He's been rode bareback and saddled with no prior problems. The prior owner had him from birth and said hes never bitten or bucked or kicked.
So, I get Dozer home, and the donkey Jack, whos been in the pasture alone for quite some time didnt take too well at first, tried to kick my Dozer twice but soon got past that. Now they are inseparable, which is good and bad. Dozer went from coming right up to me, to now being stubborn and hard to get the halter on. I cant get him out of the fence now without that stinkin donkey being right there! Dozer seems to act like he thinks Jack is the boss!...that hes supposed to do and go where Jack says.
I rode him once since Ive had him home, soon as I got near the fence where Jack was, he bucked with me on him twice! He is now starting to nip at hands also, but Im almost positive its because my sister in law is sneaking and hand feeding him after I specifically said not to. Dozer has never been hand fed before. The prior owner told me it would cause him ti nip and bite at hands, which is proving true.
I cant even get in the pasture to do anything with Dozer because of Jack, Im scared of the donkey. He came at me kinda fast once when I was haltering Dozer. I used a crop to pop his nose when he got too close and he backed off enough for me to get Dozer out but now Dozer is terrified of it. He went crazy when my cousin popped the donkey with it so we could get him back in with him the other day. I thought he would jump the fence to get in to Jack.
Everybody Ive talked to said the donkey needs to go and either put in a smaller, younger donkey, a goat, cow, or another horse in with Dozer that will be a companion yet nonthreatening when we work with Dozer. Im so frustrated with this donkey its unreal, but hes not mine so I cant get rid of him. I feel like he's ruining my horse. Dozer acts more nervous when Jacks around and we are too. He has been a gentle, well mannered,easy horse up til being in with jack the past week.
Jack hasnt kicked at me yet, but Im afraid that if I go in and halter Dozer or brush him while he's in there he might kick me.
I got him for pleasure riding. It seems pointless to keep him if I cant work with him though, yet I dont wanna get rid of him.
What are your suggestions? How can I get this donkey to back off?? I have a farrier coming next week to trim Dozers hooves, I got the halter on him and plan to leave it on til the farrier comes. Im open to any suggestions here!