Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
Your mare will be fine. She may get a few scuffs, bites and kick marks while she finds her place in the herd, but she'll ultimately find her position in the pecking order.
Bites, scrapes, cuts on my mare just bother me because it takes such a long time for the hair to grow back. Some people are just so superficial. When my mare had a bunch of cuts on the left side of her face at the old barn 3 months ago, even though they were just surface cuts, they looked really bad. I had a boarder who would come up to me all the time as she sees me cold rinsing them, and she would go "oh no, her poor face!!!!" And I would always say, you know that? yes it doesnt look good but they will heal, its only temporary and I still love her.
[/QUOTE]The gelding bit her on the butt because she was being disrespectful. [/quote]
This is why I really wish I decided to go visit her yesterday. Of all days, this wasnt the day to miss. Remember me saying I would do anything for this moment? Well I didnt expect her to be put out in the herd as soon as yesterday. I was going to go see her but I decided I really needed to spend the time to read my books.
Yes, carry your carrot stick with you, you can whip the air with that savvy string and hit the ground and make a very impressive sounding pop with it. If you use it right, you shouldn't need to touch anyone with it. Now when that gelding and your mare went butt to butt and started flinging heels around, I'd have cracked him on his butt and run him off and I've have corrected your mare. They may throw kicks at each other, but not with you in the pasture. They need to learn to recognize you (or any other human) as the #1 as soon as you go in the pasture. I think I told you that I remind mine, "NOT with ME in the pasture! I AM THE ALPHA!" and I am swinging buckets, ropes, carrot stick, whatever I have if needed. They aren't allowed to make nasty faces, pin ears or turn butts if I am present. None are allowed into my space unless I invite one or more in. I enforce that with my carrot stick. As for gate clearance, I would reach out and touch a couple and run the herd leader off the gate PDQ next time I was out. And I would send him 25 ft or more away, the rest will follow. Once you get his attention the others will look to him and see he gives respect and they will too.
Your mare will be allowed in to the herd in good time. It may not be YOUR time but when they're all ready to get along, she'll be allowed in.
Pretty sure what you mean by whipping the carrot stick in the air is like a helicopter right?
Its too bad I had the carrot stick ready as I was walking back but left it in the barn last min. If I had it, I would have used it when they kicked out at each other.
I upload the video here, its cute seeing the horses lick the camera haha (they were so curious on what it was) No its not ruinned, I have a full body casing on it and they can lick and chew and it wont get wrecked.
But here you can see me walking to my mare and the philly and chestnut (and even the buckskin was too) were thinking about following me all the way to her, but they thought twice about it and when I said woah and stand they listened.
Before this, I had a carrot in my pocket for my mare and when I was in the paddock they tried getting too close to sniff it and I chased them out of my space. The philly (dark bay) was relentless but after the 3rd time where I really got after her she finally listened.
I will carry my carrot stick with me everytime for the next while, until i feel i dont need it. But its a good tool to have.