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post #1 of 22 Old 10-23-2013, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Mare being a huge brat!

So I took one of my mares last weekend and dropped her off at my friend's house for her to ride for a little while, since I am very busy with school and work. My friend already had a mare at the house, and she and my mare hit it off. The day after I dropped my mare off, my friend went and picked up her husband's weanling filly and brought it to their house.

Every chance she gets, my mare attacks the filly. She will corner her and just beat on her with her feet. This is a normally very placid mare; of the adult horses in my pasture, she is at the bottom of the totem pole. She was pushy with the yearling filly out in a separate pasture, but nothing like this. My friend has had to keep them separated so that mine can't get to the baby. If this keeps up, I'm going to have to go and pick her back up, because it's not fair to my friend or the filly- and I really don't need my mare seriously hurting the baby.

Any thoughts on why this is happening or what can be done, if anything, to help her get over this random rage? My mare hates it when the other two get out of her sight, but then she just runs up and attacks the baby when they are together. Ungrateful witch!
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post #2 of 22 Old 10-23-2013, 11:58 AM
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Horses are smarter than we think and this sounds like a case of pure jealousy - your mare doesn't want to share her new found friend
When we bought Jazzie my pinto Looby wouldn't allow her anywhere near Willow who she had shared a field with for a year, just the two of them. She ran the new horse away but didn't attack her as long as there was a good space between them. A few months later she decided that she actually preferred Jazzie to Willow so now its poor Willow that is made to stay apart from them.
Fortunately there is no actual fighting with mine but where there is you could have a problem that won't go away and for the sake of the filly and your friendship unless there's a way to section off a part of the grazing you might have to remove your mare if things don't resolve
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post #3 of 22 Old 10-23-2013, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah that's what I'm afraid of. I told her I would come pick her up, and she said to give it a couple more days and see if things calm down. We will see... I just hope the baby doesn't get hurt in the interim. My friend asked me to bring the mare because she really wanted something to ride right now, and she was really excited when she got there, but we didn't expect this complication. Horses!
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Yep, this sounds like your average case of friend hogging. Even though she is at the bottom, with the filly being significantly smaller in size and much easier to push around your mare has no problem telling her to back off her buddy.

If there's no way to keep them separate probably the best thing to do is take her back unfortunately. Good luck!
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Your mare is doing what is natural any time a new horse is introduced to the herd. Ensuring her place in the pecking order. If there is enough room for the filly to get out of the way I would let them sort it out and in time the aggressive behavior will stop.
95% of the time no serious injury will occur during these fights. It just is a little hard to watch if your horse is the one getting beat up.
My advice is if there is enough room leave them to sort this out themselves. Shalom
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post #6 of 22 Old 10-23-2013, 04:00 PM
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db - I would agree if they all belonged to the OP as it would then be her risk but the filly belongs to the friend who is currently keeping the OP's mare at her place. Mostly they will work things out but the young one likely doesn't have the 'smarts' of an older horse and if things did go bad and she got injured at such a young age it could create a very ugly situation for these two people.
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jaydee I agree with you. There might be some legal an d financial issues that come between the two friends if either horse is injured.
Both the OP and her friend need to consider that. Shalom
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I agree Jaydee. It's not my horse getting beat up; it's my horse being the bully. It is natural for horses to sort out their place in the herd; this is more so pure aggression, as she will seek her out and tear her a new one while the filly is doing the "I'm opening and closing my mouth because I'm a baby don't hurt me" thing. Plus since the baby is so little, I'm worried about letting my much bigger mare sort it out since I don't want the little one to get majorly injured in the process- nor do I want to have to pay the vet bill if that does happen. This is a weanling, remember- not a yearling. I think I'll probably just end up picking my mare back up this weekend unless things improve in the next two days. I'm not sure if she has cross-fencing to separate them out permanently or not.
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A WEANLING is getting beaten up! You need to get your mare away from her YESTERDAY!
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post #10 of 22 Old 10-23-2013, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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So here's the thing. I told her I would take her away, and she said no, she really wants to give it some more time to see if things get solved because she really wants a horse she can ride right now. She is two hours away from me, and I can't just up and go get her until this weekend. Also, it's not like she's just turning her out and letting her beat her up- she stands out there, and if things get nasty, they get separated. I really was looking for more constructive advice, like from people who had maybe been through this before. I am aware there is a problem. Thanks for your input.
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