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post #1 of 8 Old 01-12-2013, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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introducing my horse to the other horses in the pasture..

i am moving my gelding up to college with me on campus, there are indoor stalls and outdoor pens as well as like an outdoor chute/pen where the other girls horses are together. i dont really want to put my gelding in a stall, he has been on open pasture his whole life and i wouldnt imagine he would like being in a stall the slightest. when and how is a good time to introduce them to the same pen?? i will want them seperate at first with contact over the fence, but im not sure when a good time if at all would be to put them together. he isnt an aggressive horse, and has been in a heard of 30+ horses up until this last year. but he does, like any horse, try to show dominance and tries to nip at our mare back home over the fence sometimes... at the same time you can tell he wants to play with her when they are on seperate sides of the pasture at home etc....

there are 2 other horses here outdoors, in the same pen.


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Let them talk over the fence for a while, then put them together if try aren't trying to kill eachother.

Expect the squealing, some kicking, biting and someone getting run off for a while,
And some little bits of hair missing.

That may not happen at all though.
Unless they are really tearing eachother leave them be.
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They will probably bicker and if so you need to let it happen (as long as they aren't seriously hurting/killing each other). They will need to establish the herd order and some squealing, nipping, and kicking is expected. Don't worry over a few nicks here and there, horses have been establishing herd dynamics forever.
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When you do finally put them together, do it early in the day so you can keep an eye on things. If someone does get hurt, better to see it in the day and not the next morning.
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Previous posters have pretty much covered it. I know we all care about our horses but we can't wrap them in cotton wool forever!

Horses will be horses and no matter how much preparation you do there will be biting, kicking, squealing, chasing off etc. If it's nothing serious then leave them to it, they need to sort it out between themselves. I would just say let them have a fence between them for a few days and then put them together.
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yeah, thats pretty much what i thought. this might sound silly, but i just really dont want any of our horses to end up with bite scars or chunks missing because i brought my horse up... id like their coats to stay nice and not have big ol scars or something...

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My mare is bottom of the totem pole. She can escape any fencing so she always stays in the same pasture. We have around 20 horses that get rotated around. My poor mare is always on the bottom. I too was worried about scars but there isn't a single one on her. She heals just fine and you'd never know. Thankfully we don't have any horses who mess with her. She will submit to any horse who even gets close and acts alpha LoL Don't worry unless they are seriously going at it. Most kicking and nipping never actually makes contact anyways. Plus they are designed to take the nips and kicks (much better than we are).
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My horse has switched stables several times. She holds dominance in the field (she used to be alpha, since horses were recently switched I'm not sure what position she has now). Do you have a barn manager that you could consult who knows all of the other horses and could suggest an introduction? I usually haven't waited too long, at least a day or two for the horse to get settled in before introducing, and when you first introduce make sure that they are okay together. I mean, horses won't be perfect, it's like putting a new human in the situation and them saying "I want the softest bed." It doesn't always work like that.. it requires patience. So don't worry! Good luck :) God bless!
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