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        08-11-2008, 10:42 PM
    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.
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        08-11-2008, 10:58 PM
    That's very typical. It should all settle out within a week or so. As long as they are not fighting for real, all will be fine and they will reestablish their pecking order. Don't be surprised to see some nips on any of the horses while they figure out the pecking order.
        08-12-2008, 01:04 AM
    No, they don't fight. The new gelding is very submissive and so there isn't any fighting - just short bursts of chasing if he gets too close to the other gelding.
        08-12-2008, 11:21 AM
    My mares do the same thing to my one and only gelding. Poor guy. He is not allowed near the baby!
        08-12-2008, 04:15 PM
    Ya, I wouldn't worry about it. Like it's been posted, you may see some bumps and scrapes or you may need to be sure that feed is well spread out for the underling to get a chance at it, but it'll all come out OK.

    My two very dominant mares took almost a month to settle down, but it's coming along now. Well, except for that broken upright in the barn last night :roll: but no scratches on the horses!
        08-12-2008, 05:04 PM
    Man, when we first introduced my mustang and my cousin's little mare pony to the two new horses, a gelding and a pony, there was white fur EVERYWHERE (both the new gelding and the pony are white). My mustang was beating the tar out of them till we separated "his mare" into a different pen. All three boys got along great after that! Now if you take one of them out, the others get extremely upset. Lol!
        08-12-2008, 08:55 PM
    Thanks guys! Its good to know that they are likely to settle down in time. They are already much more settled today - I haven't seen any chasing but the newie still likes to keep his distance.
        08-12-2008, 11:08 PM
    It all sounds perfectly normal! I thought you were getting 2 new horses, what happened with that?
        08-13-2008, 06:04 AM
    Well, we actually only wanted one of the two new horses. The second (a 11.1 pony) was going to stay with us temporarily until the owners found him a new home. We were expecting it to take them quite a while to find a home for this pony. I'm kinda disappointed because I was going to retrain the pony so kids could ride him again ah well, I guess it makes it easier only introducing one newie to our horses.

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