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    06-10-2012, 12:44 AM
Introducing new horse

I'm leasing a paint mare for the summer, Page is about 15.2hh and 10yrs. I currently own a 28yro, 15.3hh TB mare and a 19yro, 13hh POA mare.
We have enough paddocks/pastures to keep them separate but so they can still see/touch each other temporarily but for grazing purposes I need to be able to have the 2 full size horses together.

Page is a lead mare, and the TB is older so I want their meeting to go as smoothly as possible. I plan on riding Page before I introduce the two so hopefully she'll be a little calmer.

Does anyone have any tips to help things go more smoothly?
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    06-10-2012, 01:09 AM
Watching and waiting too as I am adding a mare to the mix next week and am worried how I should proceeed
    06-10-2012, 01:21 AM
Welcome SRH1
Nice to meet you. Hope you enjoy yourself
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    06-10-2012, 01:33 AM
I head for the house, sit in a corner with the radio blaring for about 20 min. If everyone is still standing on 4 legs, bonus.
    06-10-2012, 04:14 PM
Just brought Page home :) The horses met through the fence but Page quickly lost interest in them because she noticed the rams! She obviously has never seen them before and has no idea what to think, she just keeps trotting along the opposite side of the fence watching them like they might be wolves.

Would now, while she's distracted, be a better time to let them in together? Hmmm...
    06-10-2012, 05:12 PM
Whenever, I add horses together I watch them for a few minutes. Do during daylight hours because that way you can check on them every few hours. Expect some squealing, threats and maybe some chasing of one another. If its multiple horses make sure they don't get the new horse into a corner and kick the ever loving daylight out of it. Most horses will sort themselves out in 20 minutes or so. What you need to watch for is that no one horse is dominating the resources, Ie. Keeping another away from grain or more importantly water. I have found that some horses calm down when I feed them shortly after introducing a new horse, they sort of get distracted by the hay. The problem some can work up a good sweat while running each other around and it can make you worry about feeding them after. If you think their is a problem, don't rush in and risk getting hurt. Think and strategize, you don't want an injured horse and you getting kicked in the head.
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    06-15-2012, 04:16 PM
I waited 5 whole days to introduce them. They could see touch eachother over the fence but that was all. Just put them in together earlier today and it went PERFECTLY.

My older TB mare, Belle swung her rump towards Page and laid her ears back at her a couple times and each time Page just moved right away. She did not challenge her once! They are grazing together happily now :)

I'm so happy it went so well! I was looking at how many little scars Page has from other horses and I know she is always the lead mare at her boarding stable and Belle is old so I was a little nervous she'd get hurt and not recover well. I still can't believe Page didn't even try to challenge her at all.

So happy :)
    06-15-2012, 05:03 PM
Congrats on your new addition..would love to see pics!

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