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    09-23-2008, 12:17 AM
Help - Introducing the new horse

Idea's, thoughts, help.
We have had Polly Anna about month. She is 3.
Dusty came to us on Saturday. He is 14yo gelding.

We didn't introduce them to each other until today we kept a fence between them.
At first, I thought it was going to go real well. They were nose to nose, ears alert. Then all of the sudden Polly Anna got excited, made quite a bit of noise, and raised her front hooves, landing one on a rung of the gate. Nothing serious, she easily slid it off.
We backed her up some. She did it again. I still can't decide if I think she was being mean or just excited. When she was back in her pasture, she ran wild in circles and bucking, etc.
A couple times, Dusty backed off, even turned his back to her, looked like his feelings were hurt, but then he'd turn around excited again.

Any suggestions for trying this again?


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    09-23-2008, 09:09 AM
I think by letting them get to know each other through smelling is a good start. Do you have a smaller pen to but them in together? At one point they will need to go with each other but it is best if it is in a smaller area so that if one needs to be pulled out it can be done ASAP. I always leave the halters on for the first few days to make things easier if they get out or you need to grab them quickly.

I have both of my mares at the same barn now (I leased one out this summer)... neither of them had been with each other for about 2.5 years nor even been on the same farm. They were stalled next to each other at the show and then trailered together. I threw them in the arena together and there was a few kicks, squeals, and attempts to bite and now they get along fine.

The scary part is the initial kicking and running around... you never know if one will get kicked wrong or get hurt while running, it is just the risk that is run throwing them toegther.

Do you ride both of your horses? Maybe try going on some trail rides toegther and continue on penning them next to each other until they don't really care or get excited about it. Then try indroducing. I wouldnt leave them unattened for the first couple days (separate iif you are leaving or something.) Until the horses have esablished their pecking rank. Sorry this got long winded...hope this kinnda helped.
    09-23-2008, 09:17 AM
At this point we're very new riders. We're getting a trailer next saturday. You don't think we'd see the same behavior in the trailer and on the trail.

I am sure we'll give it a try again this afternoon, probably just letting them get their noses together.

It certainly didn't go the way I had expected and hoped. I guess I know better now.

Thank you for your reply.

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