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He jumped the fence to get to the other horses (picture of what happened included)

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  • He jumped the fence to get to the other horses (picture of what happened included)

    Many of you saw my other thread about trying to acclimate my daughter's retired hunter/jumper horse with my two horses at home. I was given great advice and I was following it exactly. Part of our plan was to keep them in a field beside each other where they could touch noses, but not be together for a while...

    HE JUMPED THE FENCE!!! Yes, he took out the top rail and I saw it happen. He soared over the fence with his knees by his eyeballs.

    I frantically ran to the pasture, crying my eyes out - expecting my Appendix to kill him given what happened last weekend. And, just as many of you predicted - the old QH quickly gained control and stood between them. Every time they got to close, he would usher one of them away. He makes a "yes" motion with his head to the TB and he simply physically pushes the Appendix with his muzzle. They continued to graze together - all three of them - side by side for 4 hours with me watching them closely. My old man maintained control of his pasture and told them what they could and couldn't do...there was not a single incident.

    He usually kept himself between them - but there were times when he stepped away and they still did nothing because he never stopped watching them.

    Thank god. It's over. Thank you so much to all of you helped me with this incident. I have insert a link to see the original thread and here is a picture of my three boys. The TB is the chestnut, standing next to the Appendix (his tormenter) and my amazing pasture warden, the QH is the liver chestnut in the back of the pic.

    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=323811

    I will sleep well tonight!
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  • #2
    Oh my.....

    So glad there was a happy ending. What a grand old QH you have. Wonder if he was channeling his inner hostage negotiator or something.
    Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

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    • #3
      Told ya so.
      COTH's official mini-donk enabler

      "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

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      • #4
        Glad it worked out!!!
        "Sadly, some people's greatest skill, is being an idiot". (facebook profile pic I saw).

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        • #5
          Nothing like a good "herd boss" to manage the pasture dynamics!! Good pony....and congrats on a safe outcome!!
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          • #6
            WOW. I'm so glad that worked out, but on my farm, the HERD BOSS would have killed the newcomer. And I do mean killed. She is a wicked wicked devil and has absolutely zero tolerance for new horses. Everytime a new one comes here, I fear that somebody will go through a fence and she will gain access to the new one.

            So what happened with your new horse is my greatest nightmare, but I'm glad it worked out in your situation. Wow.

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            • #7
              Yup, not shocking to me. Thats why there needs to be an alpha in a herd. You put to beta horses together and they have no clue as how to act, so one tries to be alpha by beating the other up. IMHO, a true alpha rarely has to use violence to stay on top.

              My mare had such a funny herd. She was the alpha and one look could make any horse back down. Now if they didn't get the hint from the look she would if necessary use reinforcement. As she has gotten older she makes her next in command do all the dirty work for her. You can see her tell them to go make the other horses stop doing what they are doing or if someone needs to be put in line. They were quite the little pair. She is very good a reading pasture mates and takes a different approach with all. She usually befriends them first. She even let this one mare who had been chased around for no good reason by the horse she used to be turned out with, push her around a bit at first. Once, she was confident the other horse felt comfortable and would be her friend, she reestablished her dominance and there was no question. Most interesting alpha that I have ever come across. Too smart for her own good in many many ways.


              Wow sorry for the long rambling side note. I managed a barn for the past 3 1/2 years, so have had lots of time to pick up on herd dynamics etc...
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Beethoven View Post
                Yup, not shocking to me. Thats why there needs to be an alpha in a herd. You put to beta horses together and they have no clue as how to act, so one tries to be alpha by beating the other up. IMHO, a true alpha rarely has to use violence to stay on top.

                My mare had such a funny herd. She was the alpha and one look could make any horse back down. Now if they didn't get the hint from the look she would if necessary use reinforcement. As she has gotten older she makes her next in command do all the dirty work for her. You can see her tell them to go make the other horses stop doing what they are doing or if someone needs to be put in line. They were quite the little pair. She is very good a reading pasture mates and takes a different approach with all. She usually befriends them first. She even let this one mare who had been chased around for no good reason by the horse she used to be turned out with, push her around a bit at first. Once, she was confident the other horse felt comfortable and would be her friend, she reestablished her dominance and there was no question. Most interesting alpha that I have ever come across. Too smart for her own good in many many ways.


                Wow sorry for the long rambling side note. I managed a barn for the past 3 1/2 years, so have had lots of time to pick up on herd dynamics etc...
                this is a neat story. One of my favorite things for me, too, watching the wheels turn inside their heads, LOL

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                • #9
                  That's how it usually works for me too but not jumping the fence line. Just dropping the top rail or I have one that sat on a gate until it popped. Generally, I just find them together one day and it usually works out. Granted I have no "killers", they just have to get the pecking order straight.

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                  • #10
                    All along he was saying.. I want to be with my friends.. i am not afraid Mom...

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