Just so over things today!
I own a socially inept gelding, who was a working stud until he was 6, he’s now 9. Since I bought him a year ago he has been kept in a dry lot/pen, but this year wanted to try him out at pasture. Where we live pasture means huge areas, with little grass, so plenty of room for everyone.
First attempt at turn out, my guy and the BO bossy gelding were squaring up and challenging each other, but when we left they were settling down. When I went to catch him 2 days later he is 1/2 mile away at the furthest each of the field, on his own, looking tired, bloody and dehydrated. Brought him in and got him washed off, rehydrated, loved on, put him back in his pen.
New horse comes in for turn out, but spends time in the next pen to my guy, and they are turned out together. At first all looks great, my horse and new horse buddy up at the far end of field, dominant horse has the others at the top end. Go catch my horse yesterday, and he is happy, relaxed, until we get half way up the field, then he gets antsy, keeps stopping, have to make him walk. Then bully horse sees him, comes barreling down the field, my horse takes off, I can’t hold him, he, and his new buddy get chased all the way to the bottom of the field again.
I got BO to come out, we tried again, twice! same result, so I just quit, despite the gloves my hands were bruised, skinned, and I was totally frustrated.
There seems to be problems with changing the group, so all I can see is leaving my boy in again. I’m old, I want to ride for fun, it’s no fun if my horse is being ‘bullied’ it’s no fun if I can’t get him out of the field.
The BO was on “it takes longer than a few days to work out herd dynamics”. And I get that, I get that mine needed to learn his place, but this seems a bit much.
Aghhh just venting I guess.