Mean horses

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  • Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I’ve moved my horses (two months ago), and Joe Joe and Selena are NOT being nice to Rowan. They are glued to each other, and poor Rowan is off by herself all the time. They also chase her away from the water and won’t let her in the run-in. Other than having yet another talk with them, how can I make them play nicely? There is no fighting, just nasty looks and pinned ears. They eat together with no issues, and line up politely for their treats, but if I’m not there, they ignore her. I am going to be fostering another submissive mare, and hope that she and Rowan will bond, but this is making me unhappy.

    Any suggestions? Assertiveness training for Rowan?

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
    Topics Started: 16Replies Posted: 253

    Sometimes even we humans just don’t like another human and choose not to socialize or play games with that person. Horses tend to do the same. With luck the 4th horse will also be rejected by the 2 more aggressive ones, and will bond with Rowan. You did not cause this issue and probably can’t fix it. The best solution is to have a buddy for Rowan. Look on the bright side: if the 2 aggressive horses are not chasing Rowan away at treat time, then Rowan is not being physically attacked.

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    No, there is no attacking, thank heaven. The new girl came this weekend, and I notice that when I come in, she (Mia) and Rowan are together, while the two uppity ones are off doing their own thing. It is an improvement, but supporting a fourth horse seems an extreme way to make one of three happier! The joys of parenthorsing.

    It is never the horse's fault

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 118

    Just like you being the leader of your horse, in a herd, horses have one leader. So it is completely normal to have a horse being bossed a little bit. So if there is no real aggressive or violent situations then it is ok. That is just how horses interact. Horses were not made to be the boss of themselves because if they were we could not train them.

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I want the bullying to stop. I don’t have one leader, sadly I have two. Selena is the Queen of Everything, and Joe Joe is King of the World. It’s better now with four of them.

    It is never the horse's fault

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