Understanding herd dynamics
Firstly thank you for your advice so far! your all really helpful and friendly :)
This is not so much about advice, but trying to understand my little twosome.
I have had Elliott my gelding for about 7 months, and about 6 wks ago we gained a lovely little mare to keep him company.
We kept them seperate for around a week, with contact over the fence. When we put them together, all went well. A few little squeals and kicks from the mare to tell the gelding to back off, and they ran off together.
They seem quite settled now, an odd kick here of there but not a meaningful one, they never have been, and always from the mare to the gelding.
However, the last few days my gelding has become posessive over me. When I go out in the field I go and give them both a scratch. They are always near each other. As soon as I give my gelding a scratch and then transfer my attention to the mare, my gelding tries biting my mare, and she ends up kicking him. Firstly, why does he do this? Is he being possesive, or is it something else?
And what can I do to stop it? I dont want him starting fights when I am near, as although they are small, their hooves can still hurt!
Thanks for reading my essay!!