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post #1 of 15 Old 03-10-2015, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Another Agression Issue?

Here we go again? I posted previously about my horse acting aggressively toward me. On the advice of this forum I hired a trainer and things have been much better and I feel I have a good relationship with the horse.

However, another part of the fix was getting my horse a pasture companion. We got a mini donkey (female) and for weeks she and my mare have been inseparable. My horse would hover over her and never let the mini out of her sight. My horse's personality improved immensely and everything seemed fine.

Now I catch the horse doing the same scary behaviors she did toward me previously at my poor donkey. She charges her, chases her and bucks like she is going to break her own back, all within a few feet of the donkey. She has never made contact that I have seen, except sometimes at the hay rack the horse might nip at the donkey a little. When the horse puts on her show, he poor donkey runs away and seems terrified...sometimes she tries to buck the horse away but she is so small it's pretty ineffective.

Is this a dangerous situation? My horse did terribly without a companion and plus I have really come to love my little donkey. What should I do?

Thanks in advance for the help. : (
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-10-2015, 09:06 PM
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Sounds like you have a dominant horse but you say she has never made contact. If she had wanted to, she probably would have by now.

My daughter's young little horse gets chased off, sometimes nipped at or kicked at during feeding time because he tried to break pecking order and "share" before he gets invited to do so. It is just how horses are sometimes.

If it were my horse I would keep an eye on it, but not interfere at this point.

If you notice the donkey is loosing weight, you may need have separate hay piles.
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-10-2015, 09:11 PM
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Your horse could definitely injure the little donkey, I mirror your concern. Is it only around feeding time or just at random? If it is only at feeding time perhaps you can structure it so the donkey is kept safe. Otherwise maybe you can build a separate area for the donkey so they can nose across the fence but your horse cannot injure it.

Other then that the only suggestion I have is get a larger companion that can defend itself. You cannot really control what your horse does on her free time.
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It's not at feeding time, just whenever. She's actually much better behaved at feeding time. The thing that bothers me is that it lasts such a long time. My horse will chase her for as much as 15, 20 minutes and just keep circling the donkey, acting aggressive.
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She may just be a bully. If she is causing stress on the donkey I advise to separate them. She may not be making physical contact, but if she does she can seriously injure the little donkey.

I have a gelding, who is very aggressive towards other horses if he is out with them. He will chase them until they run through a fence, all of my horses are afraid of him. He has to live in his own paddock surrounded by hot wire and fencing. As sad as it is he is not allowed to socialize with other horses. He can see them, but that is all. The funny thing is when I ride him or handle him around other horses he is a gem, it's just when he is on his own that he turns into a fire breathing dragon.
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The funny thing is when I ride him or handle him around other horses he is a gem, it's just when he is on his own that he turns into a fire breathing dragon.
This sounds like the pecking order is him over the other horses but you over him
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Sounds like you have a dominant horse but you say she has never made contact. If she had wanted to, she probably would have by now.

My daughter's young little horse gets chased off, sometimes nipped at or kicked at during feeding time because he tried to break pecking order and "share" before he gets invited to do so. It is just how horses are sometimes.

If it were my horse I would keep an eye on it, but not interfere at this point.

If you notice the donkey is loosing weight, you may need have separate hay piles.
My mare is in a paddock next to two geldings and one of them can be a real SOB. For awhile she was charging the fence at him and kicking out at him. Lately I have seen him approaching the fence with no attitude and she remains very calm. Horses do have a way of working things out, but do keep an eye on the situation
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You need to create 4 or 5 feeding stations space 30' or more apart. The mare will get tired of chasing the donkey off. In time you can probably reduce this to 3 stations. Always have more stations than animals.



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I would probably put them in adjoining pens. She would still have her companion and the donkey would be safe. Donkeys need so much less feed, they often founder when they have any access to the horse's feed, so it would be more safe that way too.
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post #10 of 15 Old 03-11-2015, 04:38 AM
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I also feel the route to take is to set up a separation situation for the reasons suggested by Cherie.

And, on the subject of Cherie, I would like to know how Tinyliny managed to squeeze in two likes for that post?
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