05-07-2012, 08:51 PM
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Help with an Introduction Turned Violent
I need advice. I recently acquired two new young additions to my little zoo. Tango a two year old colt and Anubis a two year old mule gelding. Tango was a stud colt when I brought him home and he was gelded about a month ago. Since my mare Dreu is very receptive to the gentlemen Tango has been kept separate while his hormones have settled. Since Anubis was a gelding I put him out with Dreu and they have been peaceful pasture mates. Tango was gelded about a month ago now so I decided to try and introduce him into the pasture with the others. It did not go well. Iíve seen many introductions and I do know that you can expect some chasing and kicking etc., but Anubis chased Tango around the field until he got him cornered where he bit then swung around a kicked him, he then ran back to Dreu. Tango stayed at the far end of my three acre pasture opposite of them. A couple minutes later Anubis did it again, he ran clear across the pasture chasing down Tango to bite him until I ran over and chasing him away and grabbed Tango. During this Dreu was running around tail flagging and whinnying! I got Tango out of the pasture. Iíve never seen a horse run clear across a pasture, just to chase another horse unprovoked. I know Anubis is very attached to Dreu and I also know sheís been showing signs of heat for a month and just finally seemed to have stopped. I donít want to risk serious injury to Tango. I have no interest in getting rid of anyone. I know Dreu is the complicating force and he is being possessive of her. Is there anything I can do? Would it be better to just keep them separate for now? I am moving soon and will be able to set up adjacent pastures if needed but I would like it if one day everyone could live together in relative peace.