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post #11 of 12 Old 11-29-2014, 01:19 AM
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I don't know if it would work in this situation but I have heard of a method of showing a extremely dominant horse that yes, they may be in charge while you are gone, but ultimately, you are in charge. Put some feed on the ground(or wherever you feed her) let her eat for a second, and then chase her off. That's your food. Just like a dominant mare would if she wants the other mare's food. Walk off, mare heads back over, chase her off again. Don't let her have YOUR food. Repeat over and over again until she submits. Don't know if it would help with your situation, but just a thought.
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post #12 of 12 Old 11-29-2014, 03:09 AM
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I have (or had) your exact predicament. Lead mare would actually hunt down and attack older mare for seemingly no reason. One day had her pinned in a corner, knocked down on her needs and my big mare was stomping the youknowwhat out of her. I had to grab a rope and start swinging it and yelling to chase her off.

For a long time we had to keep one in a stall while the other had their "out" time. Huge pain! We ended up putting up a dividing fence and solved the whole problem. Sometimes that's the only solution.

Sounds like your girl won't be turning over a new leaf soon and a fence is cheaper than some vet bills.

Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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