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Jasmine    Dundee, PE

11/28/2014 2:27:37 PM

I am a 5'1 14 year old girl (7stone) and I'm looking to buy a horse, I've been looking at heights between 14.2hh to 15.3hh. I've seen a lovely 15.3hh gelding and wondering if he will be too big for me. I don't mind being a little small, I just don't want to look tiny.

Wild heart    somewhere, ID

6/29/2014 9:59:10 PM

hey JESS,
read you comment, hope you see this!
1. horses are social animals but many horses have only one pasture mate and are fine, however if you are worried some people buy a cat, goat, mini horse, even a chicken to keep there horses happy try and see what works for your horse
2. fights DO break out with horses, especially when introducing a horse to a new herd. what probably happened was the older mare was used to being the boss mare, and from what I read the gelding was used to being the boss as well. when the gelding came into the mares turf a fight may have began to determine the new pecking order. The mare was 35 and had experience but the gelding, I am betting, was stronger and more agile. The fight may have gotten too intense and the mare would not back down and the gelding would not either.
Most fights, even in the wild, do not end in death, one horse usually realizes who is stronger and backs off. I do NOT believe the horse should be put down and I also believe this was a rare occurrence.
I am not a Professional, but I know my fair share of horses, I hope my suggestions help you and I am sorry you were placed in this predicament.

kristina ciaramella    kenedy, TX

6/13/2014 8:33:00 AM

I have a lid2 yr old palomino that I can even get near he tries to charge me bit & kick he also pins his ears back.. when I take whip in the pen to move him away from me to ensure I .sm safe he charges at me tries to kick in bite at me I am not sure how to even work with him I need some answers on how to work with a horse that is aggressive in won't let you touch him answer...

nai    wales, AL

6/8/2014 1:22:46 PM

I have had a mare in foal for 8 months now she was in abit of a mess when i had her and she had a foal today that i didnt no about and the owner reckons they didnt either and the havent contacted me.. where would i stand if i was to chip n passport the foal as they have tecnicaly never owned it and have no proof its theres.. would i be in the right to do that as i payed all bills and up keep of mare and now foal

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