05-11-2012, 03:24 PM
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I've done this probably a good dozen times or more over the years. I separate the new horse over the fence from the herd. I do as above. I work the new horse with the herd members, trailer him/her with the new herd, etc. Once I did all of this, then took them all on a 2-week trail riding vacation, THEN put them all in together with no real problems.
I've also put a new horse in with the existing herd (LONG time ago) right away, and had my herd leader put him through the gate.
I should also caution--do you have or is your new horse an aggressive mare? THAT can makes things more difficult. Geldings are easier to do this with than mares.