Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
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It does get tricky in close quarters, IMO.When you can turn them out in the wide open, and if there is no other "concern" (e.g., youngster w a really old guy), then they work it all out relatively quickly. In close quarters you are forced to witness them "hashing it out", and b/c of the confinement it is more dangerous for them...and you fret (at least I do). He might just want her to acknowledge and agree that he calls the shots, and she asks permission - but they can't get to that agreement (which she might gladly "sign off on") with a fence between them and need space to safely establish it.
If you can, you might try turning them out in a good sized pasture and let them work it out.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.