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        08-31-2012, 02:48 PM
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    Weanling
    First of all, congrats, she is beautiful!
    Your gelding is protective of your mare? Turning your mare out with her and keeping an eye on them may be your best bet. Just watch their body language, and let them work it out :)
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        08-31-2012, 02:54 PM
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    Started
    Thanks All! You've made me feel so much better about getting Apache ready to be turned out with the big kids. She wants to go play so bad she can't hardly stand it!

    Lins, yes my gelding has always been protective of my mares. He used to be buddy sour but he got over that when we seperated them for a couple weeks. I think he would make a great baby sitter!
         
        08-31-2012, 02:59 PM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
    The reason I suggest the dominant mare is because she's less likely to feel the need to put the youngster in her place, the alpha already knows she's alpha but the less dominant ones tend to bully the young 'uns to assert their superiority. I learned the hard way about putting a young one in with the LEAST dominant mare, "OH she's so sweet, never kicks or pins ears at anyone.", UH HUH, she kicked and bit the CRAPOLA out of the youngster.
    This is very true. When we add a dominant mare, we don't even worry about our youngest (and bottom) mare. They know she's not a threat and don't bother her at all.
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        08-31-2012, 08:07 PM
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    Green Broke
    We also just got a young one two weeks ago. We were surprised that the geldings took him in. We thought the mares would have the motherly instinct kick in and accept him. The mares were very mean to him, especially the youngest. Our oldest gelding took him in and tried to protect him the most.

    Everytime we introduced a new horse to the herd, the dominant mare would go and give the new horse a double barrel kick to the chest and walk away.

    We weren't set up for a young one. We had to put our dog kennel in their pasture to keep the little one safe. After the third night, I came out and they some how had opened the gate and the little one was out with the rest. There still is squabbles here and there but they seem to get along.

    Since you have 40 acres, I think that yours would be ok. He would have enough room to get away if needed.
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