introducing horses (update)
well, last night we put our original gelding and mare in a yard and the new gelding in the adjoining paddock so they could see each other and get used to each other. This morning, we opened the gate so they could all go together. My mare like the new gelding because she's a flirt lol but my original gelding didn't. He chased the new gelding away. They settled down after a few minutes but whenever the new gelding approached the original two, the original gelding chased the new one away. Now they are all happily grazing but the two original horses are grazing together and won't let the new horse come too close. Is this normal? Will it just take time for them to accept a new herd member? The original pair have been kept together with no other horses for about 5 years or so.
When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare