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post #1 of 5 Old 09-11-2017, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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New to having two horses

For the past 16 years I have had only one horse. Dancer passed away after 15 years with me at 26 yrs of age and last year I adopted Doc. It became very apparent after just a year how lonely he was. He had been an only horse not just for the past year with me but the previous two owners as well. Two weeks ago I adopted an American Miniature Horse for a companion. Everything went great and you could literally see the excitement on his face. Within the first five minutes together they were rolling side by side in the pasture. My question is that he became I guess what I would describe as very possessive of her. Stranger danger so to speak. He was and is great with my husband interacting with him and her but he would not let her anywhere near anyone else. This has faded in the past two weeks and he has relaxed and is fine with people he doesn't see on a day to day basis petting her and feeding her treats. I am planning to board them for one month in December when I go on vacation. Do you think that attitude will reappear at the boarding facility with the other horses and workers?
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-11-2017, 03:08 PM
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I'd think it would improve if there's other horses to interact with. If he has more pals to hang around with then he shouldn't be so possessive of the mini. At first he might be, but with other horses to "talk to" he'd probably be better. So if you're boarding, he'll be fine.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-11-2017, 05:49 PM
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I had a chuckle when I read your post, as I am also new to owning 2 horses, lol! My first is also Doc :) My 2nd is a mare, Sierra, and I'm finding he is also getting a bit possessive of her. They've boarded next to each other for the past 2+ months and do fine turned out together, but he is starting to lose a little of his previous gentlemanly manners in the arena with me. We'll be working on that as soon as I get back to the barn! He's a very good boy, so I'm sure it won't take much. Good luck with your 2 :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-12-2017, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Wow, what a coincidence and our horses are named Doc. LOL. I am glad he is happy since we did this for him. I just want everyone safe. I was hoping people would tell me given time he would relax and realize no one is coming to take her away. He also is testing his boundaries with me a little more than usual. Getting a little pushy. Worked on that last night at dinner time and he wasn't pushy this morning. Always reinforcing something. Lucy is just going with the flow.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-15-2017, 08:52 PM
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Buddy sour is no joke. I have a mare who (before I bought her) was taken out of the field with her friends, worked very hard, then brought back to them and given food and room to play. They really reinforced in her brain that it sucks to be away from her friends.
When I got her she latched on very quick to the new horses. I had to remind her that being away was not alway bad. I had to do a lot of work around the horses she didn't want to leave, then some days I'd only take her out of the pasture to get lovies and treats. She's come along way and I hope we continue our progress.

You might try something similar. Lunging in the pasture his friend. And grooming and feeding away from his friend. You may realize something else works better for you as you do this more often and you can just switch it all up. Good luck!
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