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post #1 of 6 Old 09-09-2017, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy HUGE! horse fight :( Help!

More like one horse beat the snot out of the other. What happened?!?


I have 3 horses, 20 yr old Saddlebred gelding, and his BFF: a 16 yr old Appy mare, and the odd man out: 16 yr old Paso Fino mare who hates the other two and always gives them the ugly face. I had the Paso originally, then got the Appy, then the gelding. They have been together for about 6 months. Neither mares are in season. I'll give more details if needed.


The neighbors have 2 geldings separated from my horses by a 5 ft easement. Today the neighbors got 2 more horses (don't know sex). My gelding completely lost his mind. He charged the fence when the new horses came close. Ran around like crazy with his BFF, the Appy, following him around. What happened next freaked me out. The gelding redirected his anger at the new horses to the Paso. Chased her full speed, biting all the time until she tripped and fell. He then trapped her in the barn. I ran over and banged on the barn siding, chased him out of the barn and corral and locked the gate. He paced around the outside of corral awhile before calming down. The Paso is covered in sweat and bites and is head hanging down exhausted.


Holy crap! I'm not sure what to do. Is this a one time thing? Cripes. Any advice is appreciated.
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Update: The new horses are mares and they are NOT in season. And the original 2 horses are mares, not geldings. And they are not in heat, either.
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Sounds like a one time thing to me, if you've had them altogether 6 months with no other issues.
May have been the new neighbors got him all worked up/excited and he just let all that energy out.

I've seen it happen a fair few times in our herd, something happens and they randomly out of no where pick on someone to chase around a bit.
So long as you have ample room and your guy can at least run away I wouldn't panic. Keep an eye on everyone, and hopefully once they're used to the new neighbors everything will settle down a bit!
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Some geldings retain a lot of stallion behavior, especially if they were cut late and used for breeding.

Had never seen a gelding attack a mare though until this year. Was at a boarder barn and a new gelding came; 4 yrs old had been gelded for a year and had 3 babies on the ground.

He kept fighting with my gelding (the herd boss) and trying to steal my mare away from him. Then one day another mare showed up, and he latched onto the new mare right away.

Then the attacks began; first my old gelding. He kept biting him and attacking him. So I had to stall my poor old guy to keep him safe. Then the new gelding started running my mare into the ground. He would not let any of the other horses near my mare. She managed to keep away from his teeth, but then my gelding would try to go back to her and the new one would run her down again!!

I was very upset about this, as I now had two horses stuck in the barn 24/7. The owner refused to do anything, so I moved all my horses out.

After my horses were gone, he started attacking the other horses and then the owner finally sold him.

If your gelding is that aggressive, you will have to separate him from the mares. Some horses just can't be with horses of a different sex. Aggressive horses need to be with other aggressive horses.

Your Appy mare may enjoy getting her freedom back...
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-10-2017, 01:41 AM
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Your gelding needs his own space until he can settle down and act like he has some sense again. I have one that will act like an idiot anytime I get a new horse and a couple of days of solitary confinement makes him realize he'd rather play nice than be by himself.
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I ended up putting the Paso in the corral by herself because she is basically crippled from a 5-ish year old pelvis injury and can't get away fast in a chase. I gave her extra hay and pain meds. She is a little gimpy this morning from the fall and the bites, but I think she's going to be ok. The neighbor's 4 mares were out together this morning, running around. My gelding ignored them. So I hope he's over it. I think I will let everyone into the big pasture this evening and keep a close eye on them.


Thanks for sharing your ideas.
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