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        10-13-2008, 12:50 AM
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    Showing
    We want pictures
         
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        10-13-2008, 10:15 PM
      #12
    Trained
    What about quarantine? I know some folks like to quarantine horses for a couple weeks before introducing them to the herd......Have you had the new guy vet checked??? Just thought I'd throw that out there...
         
        10-13-2008, 11:04 PM
      #13
    Trained
    In my experience it doesnt matter how long they can 'see' each other before they are introduced they will still carry on when they are put together. They do this to establish rankings within the herd and is necessary for herd heirachy. Most of the time they sort themselves out quite quickly and get on with their grazing and pooping lol

    I usually let them sniff each other through the fence to get the initial first time smell out of the way and then let the new horse into the paddock making sure the others are away from the gate and you have room to get the horse in and detach the leadrope etc before the other horses make their way over.

    I usually watch for some time while they establish everything. I rarely step in and if I do its usually only with a crack of the whip if someone is getting to boisterous. Usually it doesnt take long and at the first sign of calm everyone gets some hay to munch on (at a reasonable distance from each other of course) and usually after that things are ok. Unless the new horse wants to challenge the alpha male for his position in which case they are going to fight whether they know each other over the fence or not. Its just how it is.

    If the new horse is really nervous and edgy though keeping it seperate for the first day or so is fine. This is more so that the horse isnt overwhelmed by everything espcecially if its already wound up about the new surroundings. Many horses take these things in their stride but many don't. Its best to judge your horse/s and your situation and decide from there
         
        10-14-2008, 01:14 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    I will get pics asap,have to resize them.Yes I had a vet check, she said all he needed was his teeth floated and feet done, the farrier is coming out Thursday..I did introduce them though the fence first, put the one horse (Phoroah) in the stall cause it was late 9 pm, gave me some hay and checked on them though out the nite til 2 am.I fed them in the morning,waited til each were done and they were ok, bumped noses a few times nothing real bad.Now 3 days later they follow each other around, like they have been best buds.
         
        10-15-2008, 10:27 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Here is a pic, hope this works
         
        11-01-2008, 11:29 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    pics

    Here are some pics
         
        11-02-2008, 01:53 AM
      #17
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nldiaz66    
    I will get pics asap,have to resize them.Yes I had a vet check, she said all he needed was his teeth floated and feet done, the farrier is coming out Thursday..I did introduce them though the fence first, put the one horse (Phoroah) in the stall cause it was late 9 pm, gave me some hay and checked on them though out the nite til 2 am.I fed them in the morning,waited til each were done and they were ok, bumped noses a few times nothing real bad.Now 3 days later they follow each other around, like they have been best buds.
    good to hear :)

    I introduced my new mare into the herd on thursday and they are all great buddies already it usually doesnt take long IF the new horse doesnt want alpha position in the herd
         
        11-14-2009, 03:56 PM
      #18
    Showing
    When I brought a stallion and gelding home to my mare and other gelding, I just put them in the pasture and let my alpha gelding duke it out with the new stallion. They're completely fine together now
         

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