Right now we are in a sticky situation. We are looking after a TB gelding (13yo) called Fleet. He has his own paddock right now, because when we put Luca (my gelding) and Syd (my sister's gelding) together with him, he started to seriously attack Syd, and I don't mean simple nips or the occasional charge or kick, no, Fleet kept CHASING Syd around and around the paddock, biting down on Syd HARD, with his ears back and eyes showing pure FURY.
While I know that this is here dynamics, Syd got badly injured by Fleet's bites, he still has three big scars on his bum from it. AND he's terrified of Fleet. So we put Fleet on his own paddock, he fretted a bit but then calmed down. And he's still there, while the other two are together....and now that there is one big paddock ready to be grazed on, we are thinking of putting them all back together. Now here are the questions:
Is it a good idea to put them all together?
How should we do it?
Was what Fleet did normal herd behaviour?
Here is some info on the animals:
Luca: 6yo Standardbred gelding 16hh
Syd: 15-17yo Standardbred gelding 15hh
Fleet: 13yo TB gelding, about 15.3hh
Goats: 3 adult goats, get on fine with all the horses, kept on a paddock with Luca and Syd.
HERD ORDERS AND RELATIONSHIPS:
Luca and Syd: best buddies, Syd is Luca's boss at feed times, but a little nip and flat ears is the worst he's ever done.
Luca and Fleet: okay together, but Fleet is the boss at all times and sometimes threw a bite at Luca when they were together.
Luca and Goats: Get along fine, but Luca likes to take his anger out on them and bares his teeth at them and strikes his foreleg at them, making sure to miss by a mile, though.
he doesn't hurt them, they normally keep a little distance.
Syd and Fleet: Syd is terrified of Fleet after the attacks. He keeps well away from Fleet.
Syd and Goats: no problems at all, he sniffs them and walks off, doesn't attack them at all.
Fleet and Goats: Fleet charges at them occasionally (when they were together) but never intends to hurt them.
-When Fleet attacked Syd, it was the first time they were all together.
-The goats were not present at the time of the attack.
-Luca used to be with Fleet.
-Luca stayed with Syd when we got him home for a few weeks (Syd is the newest horse on the block) , leaving Fleet on the old paddock for a while.
Wow..that was a lot. Cookies to all of you who read the whole thing
But yeah, the questions are somewhere at the start...