Meet and Greet gone wrong
I am new to this forum but I wish I'd heard of you sooner!!!
Honey is a 39 yo blind pony/apoloosa we rescued 4 years ago she is an absolute sweetheart and sooo gentle.
I thought it would be great to bring in a companion for her so we rescued a 25+ mini pony gelding, Christopher Robin. We didn't want anything as big or bigger than her, definitely didn't want her picked on.
The people we got Christopher from have been in the rescue business for 20 years and delivered him to us. When they put him in Honey's yard I was very worried. I thought they should be slowly introduced considering Honey had a disadvantage being blind. It was awful, he kicked her and bullied her. When she charged him they said that was good she was telling him she was the boss but then all he had to do was move and she was lost. They said she would hold her own to let them do their horse thing. Of course my husband said they knew what they were talking about to let them alone and things would work out. But that night I closed them in their separate stalls so he couldn't get to her, turned out to be the right thing to do. In the morning my husband put them together again and Christopher learned very fast Honey couldn't see and began to terrorize her. Within 10 minutes the last straw came when he sneaked up along side and bite her in the neck which sent her running into the fence. I locked him in his stall and sent my husband immediately to the Tractor Supply to purchase fencing and put it right down the middle of the area.
Of course my first instinct was to return him but he is so kind and gentle with us and my understanding was he has been bounced around so at 25+ he deserves a forever home. It's been a month the fence is still up and it seems Honey can't live without him. She dozes next to the fence and he will reach through and nip her nose which startles her and makes her yell but she won't move away. She has her whole yard to doze in but insists on doing it next to the fence on his side. Now I can't take her from her area because she can't "find" him and vice versa and she panics. Sometimes he will stand at the far end of his yard quietly while she runs around calling him. When I see this I yell his name and tell him how bad he is and he'll come running snorting and it quiets her down. He is very smart. When he nips her nose and I catch him I reprimand him he stops then if I walk to the side where he can't see me he'll wait, I'll be peeking, he'll nip again and when I poke my head out he runs.
It turns out to be a love/hate relationship. She a terrified of him but can't live without him next to her.
Oh and that's not all, since we've had him she hates me. She never had to be tied to groom her, she loves it but now she takes off, now I have to halter her and tie her. Because she is blind we have to talk to her all the time you're with her so she knows where you are. When I touch her at all she flattens her ears and now she tries to nip me. It's not that she's startled because she knows it's me. We use to be able to have the kids come to see her, she l-o-v-e-s kids, nuzzles them, I swear if she had arms she would hug them but now she nips them also.
Now I don't know what to do. I've think I've ruined a good thing. Any thoughts would be appreciated. She is so angry.