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post #21 of 29 Old 10-09-2013, 06:48 AM
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My mustang is bottom of the herd, but he is also the youngest of the 3. I'm wondering if that will change as he matures. My husband's draft cross is the top of the herd - taking over that spot after I sold my haflinger.

In the mini herd its my mare that is top dog over my husband's mini and our mini donkey. But she is also the oldest.

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post #22 of 29 Old 10-09-2013, 07:11 AM
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Out of my herd of 3, my STB mare is dominant, the welsh cob mare is second in charge with dreams of being the leader and last is my friesian cross filly who goes with the flow. When they were running in with a friends horses the herd grew to 6. My STB and a clydie mare were stalemated at the top and agreed to disagree, my welsh was second (third) in charge, followed by my filly, a large drum horse filly and lastly a very sweet little appaloosa filly.

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post #23 of 29 Old 10-09-2013, 09:50 AM
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My herd of 3 is ruled by a 38 yr. old, 11 hand curly mare. Very wise, very ruthless, I've seen her move draft horses around with ease.
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post #24 of 29 Old 10-09-2013, 10:21 AM
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Drifter is out with about 21 or 22 other geldings in a big pasture. He is definitely lower ranked but only because he would rather get out of the way than have a fight. He usually makes friends with the dominant horses and has someone there to protect him from getting bullied by any middle men. He mainly keeps to himself and gets very stressed out when his friends aren't with him.

Marco is in a herd of three minis and he is the middle man. The bay mare mini is top dog while the bay gelding mini is the bottom.

Whiskey is hard to say. He had his two friends and they ran wild driving the entire herd nuts. Now he is no longer hanging out with them and is usually by himself within the main herd when I find him. He drinks first and pushes a lot of the horses around, but there are still two or three who are over him. So I would say he is in the upper 4 or 5 definitely. The big Hanoverian that is herd leader definitely helped straighten whiskey's attitude problem out
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post #25 of 29 Old 10-09-2013, 11:30 AM
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Well I have my own little herd of 4. My 8 yo arabxsaddlebred mare Flicka has recently taken the dominate position of the herd after my gelding stepped down, so she's #1. Then my 26ish(not sure his exact age but that's pretty close) yo Morganx gelding just recently stepped down to postion 2. Then my mare Cheyenne is 3 and her 7mo baby, Cherokee, is 4.
But the mares hangout together during the day and my gelding just kinda enjoys hanging out by himself.

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post #26 of 29 Old 10-09-2013, 01:24 PM
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Sky definitely has a dominant personality, but the last time she was in a herd situation, she ended up very close to the bottom. No one wanted her on top, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. She actually injured the lead mare pretty badly, cut open the back of her leg in the scuffle. she got into it again with a gelding, no major injuries, but a lot of scrapes for the gelding. Somehow she still landed on the bottom. Since leaving that situation it has just been her and her son, until recently. A friend of mine just moved in her 27 year old arab. I think it's safe to say Sky's position is safe for now. We actually don't leave them out together unattended, Sky might be a little too aggressive for the poor thing, but she's getting better about it.
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post #27 of 29 Old 10-09-2013, 01:29 PM
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When turned out, Gator is in a group of four. He's probably second from the lowest xD
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post #28 of 29 Old 10-09-2013, 02:03 PM
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I've always had a small herd, so MY horses are top, middle and bottom ranked. What is interesting is where my 15yo mare fits in with the two 7yo geldings. She is, food-wise, 3/3, BUT they both depend upon her for confidence and when she wants to be pushy she gets to be the boss. She also gets spoiled by me. Often, when I take them out of the pasture, I let her graze in front of the barn, while the "boys" stand tied. They know that this is how it is, and don't complain.
Truthfully, it isn't where you horse IS in the herd, it is more about turning your horse out in a herd with SANE horses. There are some horses who don't know how to socialize with others and often they are bullies. If your horse has to defer to one of those your horse gets hurt.
With my current herd, everybody plays, but nobody bullies.
In fact, my two geldings have been imitating the way my two dogs(same age, 6yo's) play with each other. They play "chase & scream", and "tug-o-war" with their feeding buckets,, JUST like the dogs.

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post #29 of 29 Old 10-09-2013, 02:09 PM
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Apollo is towards the bottom of 15-18 geldings...not sure how many is in the geldings herd but we have 32 horses at the farm and more than half of them are geldings so its just a guesstimate. I rarely see him interacting with the others aside from his 2 paint buddies. If another approaches he will stand his ground though...pins his ears, gives an evil look, threatens to kick and they turn around. For the most part everyone leaves him alone and he minds his own business. I wouldn't say he's the bottom of the bottom, but he's not very high in the pecking order. There are 2 others who are glued to his hip and look up to his every move (he's 12 and they're 6 so they're just babies). He protects his buddies and they stand behind him for protection when the lead geldings come near.
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