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post #11 of 15 Old 03-11-2015, 04:49 AM
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Even a playful kick can injure one so small especially if it lands on her head. Plus the added stress of having to run so much can't be good. I'd call for separation too, The size & strength difference is just too much.
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You could also make the fence between them like a creep feeder, with the bottom rail just high enough that the donkey can get into the other side, but the horse cannot fit under it. Then the donkey can get away from the aggressive behaviour and have a break when he needs it, and still be with the horse when she's okay with him.
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I agree with Cherie - this is not a typical pecking order this is just a horse being a bully 'because it can' and the little donkey is suffering stress as a result of that
In a normal pecking order the leadership is soon established and things settle down - the leader has no need to keep on proving themself
My mares will occasionally have a little 'tiff' over something but it never amounts to anything and a few minutes later they're all lovey with each other again
I wonder if your mare has something hormonal going on - ovarian tumors can cause crankiness but so can being in season with some mares
A magnesium supplement might help with the latter
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post #14 of 15 Old 03-16-2015, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the advice. Sorry its taken so long to respond but things have been hectic here lately.

So my pasture presents expensive problems to completely separating these guys, as the stables (the only shelter) are directly in the middle of the pasture. This makes things kind of difficult to divide.

I have already set up multiple hay stations that aren't visible to each other. That way Scarlet (horse) won't be able to see/protect the other hay station while she is eating, should she be so inclined.

I like the idea of making zones where the donkey can enter but Scarlet can't, so we are in the process of modifying one stall so that the bottom can remain open while the top remains closed, thus keeping out the big horse. I also want to look into placing some kind of similar barrier on one corner of the pasture so that the donkey can retreat to an exclusive grazing site if she needs to.

I'll keep an eye on it, and if the problem continues I suppose we will have to bite the bullet and do a more substantial reorganization of our setup, but hopefully this plan will work!

Thanks again everyone!
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On reading the OP, horse is 'putting on a show' but not hurting donk, I thought same as Reining, that it's a bit of harmless 'herd politics'... and also thought of diet/laminitis concerns that Cherie outlined. But if the horse chases the donkey for ages at a time, if it's not just because they've recently met, but horse is having fun 'bullying' & the donk is suffering from it(altho the exercise would be good for them both), then yes, I probably would consider them not the best companions to keep together.
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