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EmmaBreeze

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EmmaBreeze says:

Separation issues.. Help!

 My 16.2 ISH mare and i are having big issues concerning seperation issues...

 

Ive had her for 2 months now, and since she has been at the yard she has been in with another mare.. The other horse a few weeks back cut her shoulder and had to be put in a seperate field whilst it was healing to stop them from running about and causing her more injury... My mare was not bothered about that at all.

They are now back in the field together, and this is where the problem starts.. When i take my mare out for hacks or shows, she isnt bothered in the slightest, but the other day, her field buddy went out of the yard and mine went mental... She was half tacked up, and i had to quickly remove the saddle and unclip her where the proceeded to bolt around the menage and buck. She could even see the horse in the field next to her. This has happened a few times now and she is very close to hurting herself..

Another problem is that we have had 2 new horses arrive at the yard, and put into the field next to them. Breeze went on to threaten and almost protect the other mare, and was charging and bolting towards the new horse in the next field. She also arches her neck in a stallion like manner and isnt very friendly..

 

Im very worried that if this continues she will either hurt herself or another horse.

Oh, and i have also put her on Oestress to see if this calms her down, but this is only day 2 on it so i wont know for a while yet.

 

I hope someone can help and give me some sort of advice, otherwise i will have to move yards and make sure she isnt put in with another horse..

 

Thanks!

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Separation issues.. Help!

Is there any chance you can change fields with her to take her away from the mare she is having the seperation issues with? It will help if you can get her away from her and start to work with her and hopefully she wont develop such a strong bond with another horse.

If you can't can you get the other horse's owner to work with you and take their horse away for a few minutes at a time and gradually build the time up until your horse will accept that she has to spend time on her own.

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JessicaConnolly1994

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Re: Separation issues.. Help!

 Oh wonderful the protective 'BFF',  i can't say i feel your pain as my gelding is happy in his own company as he is always bullied! I find it hard to get him to talk to another horse!

Maybe try and speak with your yard owner to get your mare seperated from this mare, or in with another horse to see if she'll calm down. The only solution is seperation really, sounds harsh. But you have to be cruel to be kind! 

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Separation issues.. Help!

I am using feedmark hormonese as naf oestress did not work that well on my mare Sabina, who when out with just mares was a real nightmare and appeared 2nd in charge so with her and the other mare seperation issues, but due to problems with mares not being liked by the YO and duty of care issues changed yards, here they put all horses out together mares and geldings, when I arrived there only was one mare no problems. Then problems a gelding arrived on the yard love at first sight both of them, so seperation problems with actually the two mares running through an electric fence to get to him while he was in the menage' also not helping two stallions in the next farm, and my mare loves being a brood mare. It has taken nearly 12 months to get Sabina to trust me and settling down and becoming the horse I tried out, there is no quick fix only patience.

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AmmanValleyLuka1011

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Re: Separation issues.. Help!

 I agree with Kevin, hormonese is great, it calmed down my mare who becomes very moody while in season:/  I know exactly what you are going through and the problem is that your mare is a lead mare. She doesn't mind being taken away as she is in control of that situation but as soon as the other mare is taken away she panics because she isn't playing "by the rules" and she hasn't had permisson to go off on her own. Horses are herd animals and have a leader and your mare has this role, the best thing to do is if the owner of the other mare is going to take her out or whatever put your mare in the stable, she cannot harm herself that way. If she doesn't stress out then reward her. When it comes to the other horses she won't harm herself, no horse will do that deliberately, she is just trying to tell them that she is boss and that's the end of it. Let her sort herself out in the department.

I would say the hormonese is the only thing ive found to work and a magnesium supplement is a calmer aswell so try that. 

I would remove her to a field on her own because horses can get depressed being on their own and she clearly has a good bond with the mare she is kept with, dont destroy that. My mare is was emtionally broken and its horrible to see, so dont do it.. x

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EmmaBreeze

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EmmaBreeze says:

Re: Separation issues.. Help!

 Thanks for the replies everyone..

She's been quite well behaved recently on the Oestress, so fingers crossed this keeps working..

The other mare was taken out the other day for a little while when they were in their stables, and Breeze didnt kick up a fuss so im thinking its only when out in the field together..

Will try the above suggestions and let you all know how she is getting on :)

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Separation issues.. Help!

As everyone knows what works great on one horse don't on another, unfortunately no quick fix or one size fits all, I don't remember all this years ago but horse management has changed so very much as now a lot now kept in herds. Many are finding that our horse is the leader or 2nd in command this is with mares but as I am new to mares only 2 in 2 years as for the past 21 years before was a lovely Gypsy Cob gelding. Who ever said that there was no difference between a gelding and a mare never met our crew and found that bribery works wonders as times. All these things like Naf Oestress and Feedmark Hormonese are all expensive and fustrating if you find they don't work that well on your horse, still have a small tub of Naf Oestress in my feedroom, now on my third big tub of Feedmark Hormonese and wondering if Sabina will be in season all year or when autumn comes they will stop as this is my first year with her. Sabina can be brought in now by herself but gets restless when she knows another coming in and when they see each other wicker to each other, and in a morning the same Sabina is greeted by the others and I get surrounded by another 3 horses wanting a fuss then either my mare or the gelding escorts me to the gate.  

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