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post #1 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Where does your horse rank?

Assuming your horse is with others on a daily basis.

Where does your horse rank in the herd? Lead horse? Bottom? Somewhere in the middle?

My horse, Sonny, is the lowest horse in our herd. Granted, our herd consists of three, but still. We just took in a third horse and the new guy just slid right in between or mare and Son.

So, where's your horse in the ranks?
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post #2 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 04:30 PM
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My horse is the top of the top. A big sassy mare xD She is in charge at all times and its pretty funny watching her boss around all the other horses lol

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post #3 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 04:54 PM
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I find horses personality, attitude, energy level and balance dictates where they are in the herd.

my arab is in the upper 20% I would say. Balanced, energetic, opinionated. My appy is pretty balanced, but young and mellow. she is in the bottom 20%
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post #4 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 05:01 PM
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Out of a herd of 12 in my horses' pasture, my mare used to be the lead mare with her boyfriend. Up until the day he died they were always kicking the other horses around (even the draft horses and meanest ones). When he passed away she went to being on the complete bottom. Whenever she wants to boss someone around we throw her in with a more timid horse or foal so that she can be the leader again.

My gelding (in the same field) stands around 16hands, is pure muscle of mustang/paint/draft/whatever he is and was constantly being bullied by dainty morgan horses. When my mare had her fall he seemed to pick up and found his confidence and is now the leader of the farm. Whichever pasture he's in he turns into the boss (aside from a couple of morgans). Now if only he would stop freaking out whenever he sees the friesian.... I have a weird boy.... :P
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post #5 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 05:47 PM
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Any living thing on earth outranks my mare, Cookie. Yesterday I saw her snoozing under the tree in her pasture and a squirrel ran her off.

My mare Friska is a quiet leader. Even when she's put in with new horses there isn't a big fight. Lots of mares squeal and strike, she gives a look and a bite on the nose and you will never see her even pin an ear at that horse ever again but she is clearly the boss.

My mare Izzybella, she finds the most dominant gelding in the herd and buddies up to him. She's a grouchy old mare that would rather have someone fight her battles for her.
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post #6 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 05:57 PM
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The Top Alpha is my OTSTB Beaux, he is not a benevolent dictator. He raced until age 9 so he has some terrible pasture manners.

My Amish Standardbred Rocky is mid packer, he is just grouchy and dislikes all other living creatures so outside of deferring to Beaux Rocky is the Beta.

Prissy is a 9 yo Shetland mare and she is not in any level. She orbits around the herds being a serious trouble maker instigating trouble wherever she goes.
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post #7 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 05:59 PM
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my TB is top of the totem pole and because of that is generally turned out alone, although he has been turned out with mares, geldings and stallions - always top though!

my Appy is upper middle of the totem pole and can happily go out with mares or geldings. haven't had any change to put him out with any stallions so can't speak to that.
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post #8 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 06:22 PM
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My filly Kenzie has always been on the bottom of the bottom of the herd, but in the past month or so I've actually witnessed her moving up in rank a little, which has really surprised me! Right now she is still in the lower ranks, but in a herd of 6 she seems to float between 4 and 5, with an Arabian mare and 8 month old colt below her. Its she and the colt who are always bickering about who is in charge! lol.

My mare Sour is and always has been on top though...and she's a 34" tall mini! LOL. Before I bought her she was in a pen with minis and full sized horses, and she even pushed the 16.2hh Appendix mare around. Now she lives with only one other mare but she is very obviously in charge.

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post #9 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 06:27 PM
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My mare was at the bottom of the pecking order, when another gelding came in (who used to be the boss of the then boss gelding) he immediately became the top horse in the herd, with the others below him. By some freak occurrence though my mare chased him off and is now the boss of him, but below the other four.

So when they go for a drink, my mare will go first then the second in command will chase her off, then top horse will chase him off, and then my mare will chase him off and they literally sometimes just trot in a triangle all trying to get the food/water first.
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post #10 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 07:00 PM
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Ahab is at the top, and he is so obnoxious about it that he can't really be put in with others, unless it is in a BIG field. He is too lazy to actually chase any other horse too far, but it isn't pretty if he catches on in a corner or looking at his hay pile.
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