Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Michigan
Welcome to the forum! It seems that you are being as observant and as open as you can to advice - I do agree to opt for an introductory 'meet and greet' time, no matter how long that time can or cannot be, as these animals are instinctively fight or flight. I had an un-expected occurrence when bringing home my mare, Sugar - I was told she was a few 'rungs down the line' in her herd, but come to find out, after an hr. of 'meet and greet' across the fence, it did not take long for her to "announce" to Star (who's always been an alpha) and Laney, (her half-sister) that she was indeed the alpha. Just a thought, as in my case, that even a brand new horse to the herd can 'out-alpha' the alpha immediately.