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post #1 of 22 Old 12-26-2014, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Horses not getting along??

I'm not new to horses but I'm new to having my horses at home. I've had my 2 horses home for 2 days now and they had never met before this (were kept at seperate barns). They are both ottb's geldings. They got along ok for the first 2 days but today when I turned them out they galloped around the feild kicking and biting each other. Now the younger one is walking the front fence line. He's been doing it for a few hours now. Te other is just grazing in the back. When I tried the separate them the other just comes galloping back up to the other. Any ideas what could be going on here?? I'm not sure what to do. Feel free to ask more questions.
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post #2 of 22 Old 12-26-2014, 11:15 AM
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They could be deciding who's going to be the alpha horse of the group.

For the pacing, it could be many things...but I'd wait a few days and see if he stops.
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post #3 of 22 Old 12-26-2014, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks. The pacing just started today and this horse has never done it before. Thanks for the advice
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What makes you think they're 'not getting along', rather than just playing normal horsey games? Sounds like they've got to know eachother a bit so now they're more confident to play with eachother. If you separate them frequently for a fair bit of time(assuming you stable over night, from your comments), expect that, depending on their personalities, they may never really settle down with eachother well.

The boy pacing the fence, that's a potential issue, as he's obviously anxious about something, but it may be just being in a new environment, away from his herd mates & he'll be fine shortly. I would be feeding them both extra magnesium, which will help their anxiety, among all else.
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post #5 of 22 Old 12-29-2014, 04:15 AM
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It can take a few weeks for horses to settle in. Put out some hay maybe as a distraction, but otherwise give them some time.
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post #6 of 22 Old 12-29-2014, 05:14 AM
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Don't forget that not only do they have a new herd to sort out, they are in a new home, too...different sights, smells, etc. That's a lot of change for a horse, and if they're not killing each other, they're getting along fine.
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post #7 of 22 Old 12-29-2014, 08:03 AM
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Two days is a very short amount of time for horses to be together and get along. When I brought Trixie home, she was put on the other side of our pasture so she could see our horses, look across the driveway at the other 3 but not touch. After 3 weeks we put her in with the other 3, mind you, they HAD been boarded with one another years before...they grumbled, made nasty faces, nipped, ran around and were fools to her for about a week or so. It will take time for your 2 horses to work the herd hierarchy out.

Watch the pacing. My horse did that when we separated him, he ended up working himself up and colicked on me. We managed to save him but it wasn't pretty...
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post #8 of 22 Old 12-29-2014, 01:26 PM
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Noelle has been home for about 6 weeks now and for the first-- I'd say month or so-- there was some pecking orders to sort out and routines to get used to. I would give it a little more time, then report back if there's still some trouble!

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post #9 of 22 Old 12-29-2014, 06:01 PM
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How much space are they in for starters? It could be way too small at this point. And did you separate them when you brought the second one home?

Just make sure they don't put each other through the fence.

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post #10 of 22 Old 12-29-2014, 06:37 PM
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SEPARATE THEM!!! The pacing means that the other horse is bullying him and he's trying to figure out how to get OUT and not get seriously hurt. I have seen this before!!!
Some bully horses have been know to kick so hard that he or she breaks the leg of the other horse.
Some horses are just bullies and don't WANT to get along.
You may need to choose between the two.
I would choose the bully if I just wanted one horse. I would choose the other if I wanted a herd.
My herd doesn't fight like this, just food fights and NONE of them does any pacing. My horses WANT to be together, even when they got out and went on their "October adventure" one mile down the road to somebody's cornfield.
This isn't right and you need to get your omega horse out of there right now.

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