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?
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.
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.
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.
Download the worksheet to test your knowledge! How much hay and grain does your horse get every day? How much SHOULD your horse be getting each day? Many horses may not be getting what your feed bag recommends,...