Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
Separate them and don't have a moments regret --- it is for the betterment of the mare and, as you say, they have the fence to communicate over.
When I laid my two elders to rest, who were horses #1 & #2, that left the bully horse #3 and my insulin resistant/foundered horse #4 who absolutely refuses to fight back.
My main pasture is ~19 acres yet the bully horse has run the IR horse into a corner and held him there enough times that I finally gave the IR horse the yard and one side pasture for about 4 acres. That was nearly three years ago and I'm sorry to say it's going to be that way until their end times because I can't trust the bully horse to leave the IR horse alone.
Both horses have their own entrance into the barn and their own barrel fans that I have set on heavy duty outdoor timers. I just got back from running an errand and a quick check found the bully horse grazing in his front pasture and my IR horse standing in front of his fan in the barn. He would be out in the blistering sun, if he were in with the other horse.
I wish they could be together and my IR horse would love to cohabitate but the other horse just doesn't know how to be friends. I watched the IR horse try to initiate mutual grooming over the fence and the bully horse pinned his ears and snaked his head over the fence, in a clear gesture that he wasn't interested.
Your mare will be better off. Keeping them separate by a fence is much more mentally healthy for your mare which, in turn, lessens the stress on her digestive system (think possible ulcers).
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
Last edited by walkinthewalk; 07-24-2017 at 05:48 PM.