Grieving horse/Bad behavior
I purchased 2 horses about a year ago and this past Friday, I had to put one of them down due to a medical condition. The surviving mare (Angel) does not do well alone so I timed this so that I had another horse coming the next morning.
Angel was always very passive and rather submissive and never showed any signs of bad behavior. We brought the new gelding (Dakota) on Saturday and the first day she actually did pretty well and they were like best friends. Over the past couple of days, her behavior has gotten pretty ugly. She is really bullying Dakota especially when it comes to food, but even without food, she chases him and turns to try to kick him.
I know that there is always a “dominant” one in the herd and I am sure she is grieving and confused. I am sure there is a little jealousy as well so I am trying to show her a lot of attention while making sure Dakota also gets his fair share in order for him to adjust well also.
Like I said, she has never shown any signs of bad behavior in the past. I am just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to help her as well as correct this bad behavior before it becomes the norm. Is this something that will pass in time?