Skirmishing mares

coffeeandabagel

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I have a new mare, she is 6 and very green. She is coming in every day with more kicks and scrapes. Although small and only one or two have been deep, they have been on joints and one on the cannon bone has left a lump.The yard I am at has one field for mares and one for geldings - this means big herds (10 or 11 mares). Its very much take it (the herd size) or leave it (the yard). There is always 24/7 turn out which is why I went there because previous horse needed that.Apparently my horse doesn't like another mare and mine has been starting the fights which include double barrelling each other. How long does it usually take mares to sort things out or is it really dependant on the horses? Is there anything I can do to help things? I have just about had enough made worse by the fact that although the yard manager knew at lunch time she didnt tell me - not even when I arrived tonight. Only when I told her as I started to wash the blood off the horse's legs did she say she knew there had been a fight. I have actually given my notice in but wonder if I was a bit hasty?? Plan for my notice period is to keep mine in during the day and hers in at night. Trouble is its an american barn so mine will be totally isolated all day until I sort it out.Ideas please?
 

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I have a new mare, she is 6 and very green. She is coming in every day with more kicks and scrapes. Although small and only one or two have been deep, they have been on joints and one on the cannon bone has left a lump.The yard I am at has one field for mares and one for geldings - this means big herds (10 or 11 mares). Its very much take it (the herd size) or leave it (the yard). There is always 24/7 turn out which is why I went there because previous horse needed that.Apparently my horse doesn't like another mare and mine has been starting the fights which include double barrelling each other. How long does it usually take mares to sort things out or is it really dependant on the horses? Is there anything I can do to help things? I have just about had enough made worse by the fact that although the yard manager knew at lunch time she didnt tell me - not even when I arrived tonight. Only when I told her as I started to wash the blood off the horse's legs did she say she knew there had been a fight. I have actually given my notice in but wonder if I was a bit hasty?? Plan for my notice period is to keep mine in during the day and hers in at night. Trouble is its an american barn so mine will be totally isolated all day until I sort it out.Ideas please?

After witnessing a horse fight that resulted in a broken leg between mares -and it was a by stander that got in the way and injured - sadly she had to be pts - i would 100% be doing the same.

Some horses, just like some humans just do not hit it off, and if they are on a 20 acre field they can sort out there own little group of mates, most fields with multiple horses in are no where near this size.
 
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