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post #1 of 16 Old 12-02-2012, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on my situation.

So at the end of the month my one gelding will be going to my friends farm as I am giving him to her cause I have too many and not enough time for them all. Not something I want to do but it has to be done as its for his best interest.

Anyway, he is the leader in my small herd of 3 1/2. (The 1/2 part is my mini, lol) I have a mare who has one eye due to an accident awhile ago and I have a new gelding who would let a rock boss him around. Seriously, he's that low on the totem pole. My gelding that will be leaving is partnered with my mare. They're with eachother constantly and I know he watches out for her and helps her by basically being her 'watch eye'. It saddens me that I will be breaking the two apart but I just cannot keep my gelding he isn't getting enough attention.

So onto my concerns and questions. I'm worried that without my gelding there my mare will potentially become victim to the local coyotes. (Highly doubtful because she isn't impaired besides some arthritis and her eye. I just worry. She definitely holds her own, though) and being my other gelding is so passive and low in the orders he may not 'hold down the fort' so to speak. I know once my gelding leaves my mare and my other gelding will become buddies but I worry ever since I heard the coyotes howling in the distance the other night. Not to mention my pastre is about 3 acres surrounded by other horses but at the base of a hill which wildlife frequents alot. My mare seems 'on edge' more since moving to this farm 5 months ago and I always wonder if something tries chasing her. My gelding that will be leaving kinda holds down the fort and isn't afraid to try and kill any intruders...he will run up to it and chase it off. I've seen him do it before with coyotes at an old boarding stable I was at.

My mini is dominate over my gelding but because my mini is smaller I stall him at night and turn him out during the day. I only have one stall or else I would stall them all but it isn't really possible.

Am I over think and reacting? Should I not worry so much? Please tell me I'm not crazy!! Haha
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Sorry, my mini is dominate over my new gelding who will let rocks boss him around.
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-02-2012, 11:37 PM
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I can't imagine coyotes would take on a full-grown mare, especially with another horse around. I live in an area with lots of coyotes, blackbears, and even a few wolves, and I've never heard of any of these wildlife taking out a horse. In fact, I'm sure our horses chase any coyotes that come through their pastures - they certainly like chasing dogs that are around the same size.

I also know people with minis in their herds, that are left out overnight, with no issues.

I wouldn't worry about your mare, even with the bad eye.
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-03-2012, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Okay. Thanks. Any other opinions?
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-03-2012, 09:03 AM
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I don't think you have anything to worry about as far as Coyotes are concerned.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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^^you don't think they'll try and get my mare? They use to run around my old boarding place where my horse was on 60 acres but he holds his own. My mare was in a front field away from them.
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post #9 of 16 Old 12-03-2012, 03:10 PM
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Coyotes are small game hunters. It's rare that they'll take on prey bigger than rabbits and the like. They won't even go after large dogs unless they're in a big pack and know their odds of success are higher. The barn I worked at had coyotes on the property all the time. We had a POA and three geldings constantly turned out in one field and the owner's big $50,000 jumping prospect warmblood gelding in another field and they were NEVER bothered. Heck, the warmblood would chase the coyotes, but not the dogs. The coyotes wouldn't even go after the gelding with severe stringhalt.

Your horses will be fine.
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-03-2012, 03:18 PM
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I would not worry either with coyotes
wolves,cougars and bears maybe

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