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post #1 of 3 Old 08-18-2011, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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New horse in with older boys. Need some advice.

So my girlfriend and I made the leap and bought our first horse together. It is my first horse. It is her third or fourth. She has ridden in the past and is just now getting back into it. When we bought the horse we made the agreement with her parents that we could keep him in their pasture with their two horses that they have. They have two Geldings also. One of them, Roy, Is very dominent and the other, Goose, is just layed back, older and just wants to hang out and have a good time.
The young man we bought, River, is 2 and is a rescue and is very layed back and we were told that he just wants to be lazy if he can. We are going to be using him for trail riding and Dog trials next year so there is work that has to be done.
The question I have is that when we brought him home to intorduce him to the other boys Roy immediatley Kicked his butt. Ran River into the corner and almost out of the pasture. We were able to seperate them for the night but that did not last. We thought that if River took a nip or too and Roy realized River would not fight back he would get bored and let him be. Well that did not work and River is in his own section and Roy and Goose are in theire section. How long should I keep them seperated? I do not think that they should always be this way. They should have a free reign of the full pasture. Will it get better once River takes a good butt wooping?
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-18-2011, 07:34 AM
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It should get better once they have reastablished the dominent rule, River being a young horse probably wont fight back much so it shouldnt take too long
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-18-2011, 07:38 AM
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First off, I would have introduced them to each other over a fence for ay least a few days. Roy is just showing River who is boss and it should settle down after a few days. There are some horses that do remain aggressive and will still bite or kick no matter how long they have been together.

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