introducing horses

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  • Introducing two older mares to a younger gelding
  • Introducing a young gelding to my old gelding in pasture

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    07-15-2008, 07:07 AM
introducing horses

Ok... I want to know the safest and least stressful way to introduce a 4yo recently gelded 11h pony to my 14.1h mare and 11.2 gelding without them getting hurt or killed! I put my old gelding with the young one and there was a lot of squeling, striking and kicking going on but my old gelding came out of it the boss. I'm worried about introducing my mare to them for two main reasons:
- the old gelding kept chasing the young one away from my mare (i was holding her outside their yard) like he was saying 'this is my mare - get your own'.
- the young gelding has chased 7 out of 8 mares/jennies over fences because he gets so excited by them. He's a little calmer now but I'm still not 100% sure he won't chase my mare over a fence :-/

Anyone got some tips? I really don't want any of the horses getting hurt...
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    07-15-2008, 02:17 PM
Green Broke
I was going to say what we did was put my horse in a pasture next to all the other horses so they could at least see each other and after about an hour we let the lead mare in the pasture with my horse. Then after they some what got use to each other we let the whole herd out there. Yes there was kicking, biting, etc. but its all the process of establishing who's lead. When I got my gelding we just let him run in the pasture by himself for a few minutes then we let the whole herd out. But if your gelding has chased mares to the point where there jumping out of fences I don't really know what to do. Maybe you could put them in paddocks next to each other for a few days or even a week so they can get use to each other then you could let them out together and see how it goes?
    07-15-2008, 02:40 PM
When another gelding was introduced to Gem and Vega, we just turned them out. I'll call the horse we turned out with Gem and Vega, Bob.

Bob was very vocal and threw some strikes and tried to bite and kick, but Gem and Vega walked up to him, and then walked away.
Gem does get protective of Vega, but the "fighting" only lasts a few seconds and then everyone goes their separate ways.

Since putting Bob in with Gem and Vega, we have added another mare, i'll call her Flower, and when she's in there, everyone's very happy. Flower and Bob stay together and Gem and Vega stay together. It's only when Flower or Vega comes out that there's problems. But none of the horses have been injured or anything.

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