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post #1 of 10 Old 05-11-2015, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Aggressive/dominant behavior towards other horses

I have a huge problem. We had this really nice chestnut standard breed gelding for around 5months now who was a rescue case. 4 times a week we let him loose in a large field together with other horses which he absolutely adored. He is a big grumpy in general but very kind hearted and gets on well with humans and horses alike.
Since the past 2-3 weeks he suddenly started attacking one of the other horses and really goes for an attack. Lowering his head, ears back, teeth showing and then charges the other horse and bites viciously and gives chase if necessary. The other horse is not provoking my horse to attack and is terrified of my horse. Even if the other horse runs away and stays in a corner our chestnut suddenly approaches the other horse and charges at him.

We kept those 2 horses apart to avoid any injuries but now he started showing the same behavior towards another horse in the group and drew blood.
As soon as we separate them our chestnut is fine and even with his neighbor horses in his stable he never showed this kind of behavior.

We are really upset and cannot understand his sudden change in behavior when he is let loose especially since he was a horse that got on well with any horse.

Can anybody suggest or advice how to correct this behavior please?

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-11-2015, 07:36 AM
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Assuming your horse has always been sociable with others, been in this situation with the same horses awhile, etc, nothing obvious has happened, I'd be considering it's something physical - he's hurting or sick or some such. So I'd get him checked out. Could also be nutritional.

If he's new in this situation, especially if the 4 days out aren't consecutive - he hardly gets to settle in, especially if different horses come & go, so stressy situation, (& how is he kept the rest of the time he's not out with the herd?) it could be reasonably 'normal' behaviour. Obviously if he's a real bully, then he might need to be kept alone, but it's unusual for horses who have been well socialised to 'go over the top', (tho it can look ...exciting, and 'dominance games' generally only happen when horses are unsettled, new within a group. They soon settle.
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No telling what set him off, if was in poor condition when you got him maybe he is feeling better and his true personality is coming out, he might just be a bully.

Unfortunately you cannot really control what he does on his own time, and your going to have implement management practices to keep the other horses safe. I am speaking from experience here. I have a horse who is a bully he is just plain mean to other horses when he is out with them, so he cannot go out with them. Fortunately for him he lives on my property so I can manage him and my other horses to keep everyone safe without having to worry other owners.

If you can arrange for his turn out when everyone else is in that would probably be the safest way to handle things. As upsetting as the whole thing you need to make sure the other horses stay safe.
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It's a real shame. He is mostly out with the exact same 5 horses. sometimes we will have up to 9 turned out together and he only attacked that 1 particular horse and is fine with all the others even if they are newcomers.
Now that we removed that particular horse he kept attacking, he suddenly went after another horse from the group which he used to get on fine with over the past 3 months.

P.S. He is being ridden and worked regularly.

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I'd err on the side of physical, if he's been fine in that situation for months now...
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-12-2015, 10:06 PM
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Need testosterone levels checked, could be getting studdy on you. Could also be feed is not helping?

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Are any of the other horses in the group mares? Some geldings will turn studdy with a mare in heat, regardless of their own testosterone levels.


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If he was gelded late and mares are in strong heat in Spring, this may be your problem. Geldings that are done late don't know they are geldings and don't know the other horses are geldings so he may be doing what comes naturally, driving them off.



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post #9 of 10 Old 05-13-2015, 04:08 PM
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This is why my guy could not be turned out with other horses. He was gelded late. If he couldn't catch the other horse he would run them until they were both a sweaty mess.

he was much happier when he was by himself, but could still sniff noses over fences.

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It's a real shame. He is mostly out with the exact same 5 horses. sometimes we will have up to 9 turned out together and he only attacked that 1 particular horse and is fine with all the others even if they are newcomers.
Now that we removed that particular horse he kept attacking, he suddenly went after another horse from the group which he used to get on fine with over the past 3 months.

P.S. He is being ridden and worked regularly.
I had one here that did the same thing, real good then real bad. I liked the horse in general but when he snapped he wasn't kidding. He needed to be alone. He eventually did kill another horse after he had his caretaker fooled for almost a year. There's a thread here about it.
It was horrible.
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