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jayne.prince

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jayne.prince says:

moody tb

hi all, was just wondering if horses get jealous. ive just moved my youngster opposite my 20year old th,who ive have for 8 yrs. all of a sudden hes got really moody when in sorrting out my other one outside his stable. hes throwing his head around with his ears flat back. had to shut the stable door on him tonight as hes quite threatening.he is quite spoilt really and likes things done when he wants but now ive got another one i dont think he likes it. i dont spend anymore time with the other one and prince is never short of attention,he always gets sorted first, so could it be that hes jealous are is it just his age and is there anything i can give him to chill him out abit. thanks for your imput :}

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TruStar

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TruStar says:

Re: moody tb

Yes I think horses get jeaous. When I was helping my friend by working with her horse Starlett acted very like yours, ears flat back and positively angry. like she wanted to say, you are my mum you are not to touch others.

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SilverLinedCloud

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Re: moody tb

I definately think they get jelous! I bought Roxy several months back, before this Frankie my gelding had me all to himself he had a companion but owned by another woman. He was always cuddly-ish, but never uba affectionate. The minute Roxy arrived he knew she was the rival, he was all snuggle, snuggles for the first week or so and then he just sulked and has been sulking ever since. What's made it worse is the fact that he has sprained something galloping round the field and therefore I can't do anything with him for a while, it makes me feel really guilty. I think he will get over it, the odd carrot here or there will be sure to win him over. 

I don't really know what you can do to make your boy feel any better about it, you might just have to wait it out, forgiveness will come in time I'm sure. 

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jayne.prince

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jayne.prince says:

Re: moody tb

thanks for your response, ive always put prince first and hes always had my attention but i dont know if ive done the right thing by moving my other one.hopefully i will work something out as i dont want him to feel pushed out any more.poor boy lol

 

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: moody tb

Jealous yes, horses feelings run deep and feel on a different level to us, unfortunately they cannot tell us, also they can get depressed, this applies not just to TB's but all Mare and Gelding but the difference is you know about it immediately, also they have a fantastic memory. All because I once stroked another horse while Tonka was by me he decided he wanted to nip the other. 

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: moody tb

They will settle down to each other given time.  When I had Joe, and then I got Sammy, one day he picked up his empty feed bucket and smacked poor Sammy round the head with it over his stable door all because Sammy was tied up outside HIS stable!  Then 5 minutes later they were grooming each other and rubbing noses - in the end they were quite inseperable and Sammy was really sad when Joe died suddenly.  Blair and Sammy always have their little moments too but they love each other really, and as for the filly they both actually believes she is their baby!

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jayne.prince

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jayne.prince says:

Re: moody tb

thanks everyone, prince was a bit better today, we spent quite a long time together. we had a nice ride out and he was good, i sorted him out and fed him before i got my other one in and he seemed a little happier. think this might be the way to go with him. hopefully he will feel more relaxed soon.

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Jane Menzies

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Jane Menzies says:

Re: moody tb

Sonny gets very jealous when I pay attention to any horse or pony.  He does sulk it's really comical.  Also where I was before I used to sometimes ride one of the other horses in the paddock, the one that I normally rode used to march over and stick his head over the paddock fence and just glare, he was really put out that I was riding this horse instead of him.  Sonny knows I love him to bits though I'm sure!  Jayne I think your idea of sorting him out first and feeding, then getting the other one is a good idea.

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jayne.prince

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jayne.prince says:

Re: moody tb

thanks jane, its nice to know others agree when your working something out. sometimes its hard to know what to do for the best but if we dont try theses things we will never know. x

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