I have Flin a 6 year old gelding and Carma a 26 year old mare. They have been in the same field for nearly a year, with 5 other horses in a 13 acre field. They have got on ok for all this time until last night. My two are nearly always the last out and I went to fetch them as normal and Flin followed me along the wall to the gate whilst I walked on the path. Shouted Carma and she came up from a distance. Flin stood at the edge of the mud at the gate rather than coming to me, then as Carma got nearer he just flew at her!
He normally pulls a face as he wants to be first in, but last night he just went for her and chased her around the field and wouldn’t stop. She is an old lady and struggles with her back legs but he just kept chasing her relentlessly. Thankfully she kept running and he didn’t actually get hold of her to hurt her. This went on for over 10 mins when he got so tired he stopped and a friend managed to get hold of him.
I went to find my mare and she was fine although on edge. He had just lost it and it was like a switch had flicked in more normally laid back softy of a horse. He was very tense and on edge also. Carma had also come into season yesterday and its her first season of the year, which is usually the worst for her mareish behaviour, and Flin had the physio yesterday morning. Not sure what has started this behaviour on his part.
He has again done it this morning. He walked up to the field fine with her but as soon as he was let free he went for her again. He just flies at her with ears back, then just runs and runs after her. The other horses all came round and protected Carma but he was still trying to get at her. Carma has been taken out of the field and put on some grazing next to the field but this isn’t anything I can do long term.
Anyone got any ideas why he could have suddenly started like this with her and what I can do? Could it just be because she is in season, although she had seasons last summer and it never bothered him then? Just at a loss at the moment with him and what I can do to get them settled again together. It’s just so not like him. Carma despite her age is very flirty and very mareish when in season so not sure if this is what is causing his behaviour. Any advice would be appreciated.
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