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    07-27-2012, 09:30 PM
Could you get permission to put up temporary fencing? It would cost a little, but fencing off an acre for him would be safer than anything else I can think of.
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    07-27-2012, 11:50 PM
Originally Posted by Foxesdontwearbowties    
Could you get permission to put up temporary fencing? It would cost a little, but fencing off an acre for him would be safer than anything else I can think of.
That's a good idea :) I'll have a talk to the BO. Thanks everyone! (:
    07-28-2012, 08:43 AM
If you can't get temporary fencing up, then at least walking him past the fenceline a few times a day may help with his introduction to the herd. Just be sure to stand well back in case there's any squealing and wheeling.

When he joins the crowd, be prepared for some excitement as everyone figures out exactly where he stands in relationship to everyone else. Your BO should be experienced with this. Just make sure that someone is there watching until things settle down.
    07-28-2012, 09:29 AM
How big are the paddocks? How many horses are kept in each one?
    07-30-2012, 07:49 AM
Originally Posted by eclipseranch    
how big are the paddocks? How many horses are kept in each one?
I'm not sure exactly. I think it's something I'll have to discuss with the BO. Thanks for your help everyone! (:
    07-30-2012, 10:26 AM
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.

We've never 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!
    07-30-2012, 10:36 AM
Congrats on a new horse!! Veryyyy exciting(:

I wouldnt worry too much about your horse fitting in to the new herd. It would be ideal to put him in a paddock for a week or so and switch in and out members of the herd, so that when he gets turned out, he will have a buddy.

On that note, my horse got tossed out into a new field during a hurricane(safer out in the huge field then in a small enclosed area) and he got along fine. There were some teeth marks on him, and he was definitely last in the pecking order....but he survived(:
    07-30-2012, 05:24 PM
If the new horse understands horse tape (mine do) then I fence off a section and put the new horse there for the day. They get to meet the crowd without being in the thick of things and I get to see how they react to mine giving me an idea of what may happen when I turn them in with the crowd. If they know nothing about tape I set up the round pen in the pasture and do the same. Next morning after feeding when they all move off to their spots I turn the new horse loose. I expect some scuffs and a few knocks as they work out where the newbie belongs but I know about where to place him in the feeding order and keep skirmishes to a minimum that way. As for when to ride or work them that starts from day one.
    07-30-2012, 08:06 PM
I rode my horse the first day he came home. As someone already mentioned, when he goes to shows he's expected to settle in quickly. I also had him on trial, so if he was going to flip out at a new place, I wanted to know that while I could still return him. He's such a laid back horse, even after being trailered an hour and a half and being surrounded by people he had only met once he acted like he had been there all along. I would certainly have had second thoughts about riding right away if he had been high strung

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