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    11-21-2010, 05:47 PM
Question Introducing Horses

Hi! I am getting my paint gelding back fromt the leasee and I am so excited! However he can kind of be bossy, and my little gelding Dante is easily threatened and in turn gets aggressive. I would like them to eventually be introduced to see if they can just share my pasture.
How should I go about introducing them?
I don't want a fight on my hands.
Sorry if this is not a good forum choice but it has to do with the health of my horses.
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    11-21-2010, 06:01 PM
If your pasture is divided or if it is adjacent to a paddock, the best way to introduce them is with a fence between them. They can get used to each other and it gives you a better idea of how they'll get along. It's often very hard to know the reaction(s) before hand as it's not unusual for bossy horses to 'take to' a new horse as well as very laid back horses to try and be the boss.
    11-21-2010, 06:10 PM
Yea my pasture is divided into two, and we are buying a portable horse stall for the second. How long should I til I should try them together? Or what should I look for that says they shouldn't kill each other.
Also I love your paint horse signature!
    11-21-2010, 07:49 PM
We typically keep them separated for a couple days. They'll always be the normal butt kicking for a day or two, but as long as one of them gives in to being second, they'll be fine...just keep an eye on them to make sure neither one really gets hurt.
    11-21-2010, 09:02 PM
Once you put them together, please don't try to "introduce" them to each other by leading them up too close together. Just let them get used to the idea that there is no fence betwen them and approach each other at their own pace. If you try to force the issue, you will insure that there is a fight...

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