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post #11 of 15 Old 05-30-2013, 05:36 PM
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I know there are people out there who will say 'let them work it out' but honestly sometimes this just doesn't happen and horses can inflict some really terrible injuries on each other - I ended up with a horse with a shattered leg that way and will never risk that happening again
Mostly horses will just have a squeal and a half hearted kick - Looby and Jazzie were kicking at each other from 10 feet apart when we introduced them and within a few days it was all peace and happiness but Honey and Jazzie - aint never going to happen and I can do without the vets bills and a couple of lame horses so they get to live apart - Honey has her bff Flo for company as she's the only horse she seems to tolerate
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We knew exactly about these horses' personalities and Syd is actually not a very strong personality. If Luca would test him about his dominance, Syd would just let him take over. He's tried it before, but Luca seems more comfortable NOT being the alpha, simply because Syd is older and has more common sense.

They're going well together so far, Syd and Fleet. Syd comes over to Fleet every day and Fleet NEVER shows any aggression. We don't have any paddocks that are RIGHT next to each other and as I've said, hot wire is a big no-no, since Luca keeps finding ways to entangle himself in it. And besides....hot wire can't really stop aggression because Fleet will run through anything.

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And also, Fleet is not a kicker...not at all. In fact, I've never seen him kick before...he's all teeth and ears. Not like that's a good thing...
Do you think Syd should wear his rug when we put them all together? The weather is pretty cold but I don't want him getting stuck or tangled if he does have to run from Fleet. The thing is: Fleet has had this happen to him before. He used to be in a herd of three and was bottom of the feed chain. One horse beat him up bad but it all worked out in the end. Those other horses moved away with their owners, though, and Fleet became an only horse.

And then there's Luca. He and Fleet get along, but the prob with three horses is that there will be the group of "best friends" and one "outcast". I don't know who that will be. It could go either way, Fleet and Luca could exclude Syd, or Syd and Luca would be a pair with Fleet bossing them around. It's all quite complicated but putting them together is the only thing we can do right now, since the grass is getting low. If its doesn't work out, we COULD pull through by feeding Fleet extra hay and putting him into isolation again. Ugh....I'm in a fix.

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post #14 of 15 Old 05-30-2013, 08:16 PM
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This may seem odd but I wonder if a grazing muzzle would help (since Fleet's a biter) during the group introductions while in the pasture? I've never used one so I don't know how strong they are. I second what the other posters have said - horse dynamics can be so tricky and dangerous at times.

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post #15 of 15 Old 05-30-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Chevaux, and what an interesting idea. I think that might actually work! I don't think Fleet has ever had one on before but we can try we don't have any grazing muzzles (since all of the horse's change paddocks regularly so that there isn't TOO MUCH green grass on the new paddocks) but we can get one for Fleet if it might save Syd's bum

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