Originally Posted by InStyle
When they are hauled to shows, they are expected to behave and be ridden without a few days to settle in, so why do they need that here.
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Everybody is always so concerned... but really, a good horse should be able to go anywhere and ride immediately.
I think we rode the day after we brought Trix home.
had any issues with introducing horses into the pastures together right off (a large pasture, though). In my experience, doing so works best if you know the status of the horse that you're bringing in (is he typically at the top or bottom of the pecking order?). If you have one distinct leader in the pasture, I'd remove him or her, let the other horses mingle for a few hours, then introduce the new pony to the boss. I'd only be concerned if any of the horses had a history of being physically malicious.
The temporary fencing idea worries me. I'd be afraid that they might get hurt/shocked if they decided to paw (as I've seen so many horses do) or if there is any kicking or bucking. Those reactions are typical and generally safe when introducing a new horse, but could spell disaster with a flimsy electrified fence in the mix. Unless temporary fence means something different in this context?
OP, how many horses share a pasture? Putting a new horse in with two other horses is one thing, but putting the pony in with 5 or 7 other horses is totally different and much more overwhelming.
** Oh, so you don't know... that would be important to find out!