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post #1 of 6 Old 08-14-2014, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Introduced new mare to a pasture with two geldings

We just got a new boarder with a 9 year old mare. Our two geldings are 22 and 26 years old. She was in a separate pasture for a week and is now with them. When she was separated from them, they hardly ever went to the fence to pay her any attention. Of course she wasn't happy with that. Now that they are all together, the geldings keep picking on her, constantly chasing her away. She keeps coming back of course. If I separate them, she goes crazy but they don't care. One of our geldings has since gone from quiet to aggressive towards her and the other gelding. We have a 3 stall barn with two pastures. She hates being alone of course so we have no other option but to put her with them. The mare is always anxious and is a pain to catch for both her and her owner. The first few days she wouldn't go in her stall to eat. I also can't even put a halter on her. (I've never seen her owner try to put one on her.) They have only been in the pasture together for about a week. I expected some kicking, nipping and such but isn't this a little much? Any suggestions? Or if this keeps happening should I tell her owner she needs to leave? My gelding (the other gelding isn't mine) has already been kicked and it left a scrape.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-14-2014, 01:15 PM
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I assume the 2 geldings had been pastured together for a bit?
It's pretty much a given that horses don't do well in 3's as there is always an 'odd man out' so to speak. Horses like to buddy up, and if there are three one is left without a 'buddy'. (This behavior is observed in feral, wild, and domestic herds.)
It may take time for the geldings to settle down and accept her, especially the more dominate one, if he continues to injure the other 2 horses, you may want to separate him and see if the other two might bond a little bit. However the best cure would be a fourth horse, but that's not always possible.

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They actually still want nothing to do with her. Before she came along, one gelding (paint) would whinny and such when the other gelding (a chestnut) left to be ridden. But the chestnut never whinnies back.
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I've had this happen to my mare - she's has always been the one that stays clear of any aggression, to the point of not getting her feed and even being blocked from the water trough. Someone needs to be separated or this worked for my baby - buy a companion goat! The goat and my girl were fast friends until we moved to the Greensboro area.
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When I first added a new horse to my herd of 3 it took about 2 weeks for them to accept her. They would chase her, bite her, kick her etc... she wasn't allowed anything to do with them and they are together 24 hours a day.

Once they accepted her they were all best buddies. She left for a new home yesterday and they've all been sulking since she left.

As long as no one is getting hurt I would let them sort things out. It may take some time but as long as there is enough room for her to get away I would let them sort themselves.

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Doesn't sound like anyone actually being hurt or traumatized.

They are fussing yes, but that is normal. Unfortunately bumps and bruises are also normal. Unless you think there is danger of an actual injury or a horse being run through the fence or something I would just leave them. Give them a few more weeks, it will settle down.
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