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post #1 of 6 Old 06-11-2015, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Problem with horse behaviour..

Hi guys.

We have a slight problem and I am not sure how to solve it. See, we have 5 horses on the property.
Two horses were originaly there. A pair got brought in. And a two year old mare also got brought in.

Both pairs consist of a gelding and a mare.

The pair that lived there is fine with the young mare, the pair that arrived - not so much.

My gelding chases after the mare and bites her. Like he runs from the other side of the pasture full gallop just to start chasing her and biting her. Of course she kicks at him to try to shake him off, but he keeps going, and at some point stops.

I believe they would stop this at some point, but the owner of the two year old mare is dead scared that her mare will get kicked etc.

The mare that stays near my gelding chases all horses away, calmly, the other couple doesn't really chase anyone away, but they aren't into defending the baby either...

At the moment the baby stands in a separate pasture 2 m off the others.. though we are thinking putting the fence line back together again... But my Gelding attacks her over the fence too.. then again she rears and bucks at him over the fence too.. sometimes she does nothing, just stands there and annoys him, and then she does stuff too...
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-11-2015, 08:40 AM
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Sorry to hear they aren't all getting along. Unfortunately in my experience horses are just like people in that they have their own social order and there will be those they like, those they don't like, those they ignore, and those they feel the need to pick on for whatever reason. We have a mixed herd of drafts and younger (much smaller) QHs. There is always the chance of serious injury but aside from scuffs and bruises eventhough we have two that cant ever seem to get along that is all we have seen. Seeing that in this case the horse in question is antisocial as well as feeling the intense need to pick on a much bigger animal pairing him up won't work but that would be my suggestion. Pair her up with another horse if there is room and taking on another isn't an issue would be my suggestion. Our serious injury was between two of the drafts and resulted in a fracture in the hock when my MIL turned our young stallion in with his mother.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-11-2015, 11:40 AM
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How much land are we talking about here?

And yes, young horse that is getting chased can end up badly hurt, or dead even.

Need to do something different.

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-11-2015, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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At the moment could be 2 ha of pastures.

My gelding doesn't kick, he just runs at her and bites her on the bum. she kicks at him.

There are 2 pairs, the only other option would be to separate the pairs and put the youngster with the more calm pair..

My gelding is very social, he likes to talk to horses, but he is quite dominant..
The mare is also very social, but also defensive.. she wants to be with them, but she is scared of my gelding.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-12-2015, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday evening we released them on about 8 hectares of pasture. Lots of grass and some bushes and a massive ditch, that has a proper crossing in the middle and can be avoided in one end of the pasture.

My gelding ran after the filly, but barely touched her.. she was taken under the wing of the other, smaller gelding. However. The young mare keeps running. My gelding is chased off by all other 3 horses, his mare keeps him away - they stop, rest, eat.. The filly keeps running, so the other two run too..

In the end they stopped, but they had run themselves completely wet..

My dilemma is the fact, that I cannot understand why would a gelding want to attack a young mare, that has lived in a herd, but only with mares.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-12-2015, 11:12 AM
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he could just be exerting his dominance and she is questioning it

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