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    01-26-2012, 11:35 PM
Introductions, new horse meets current horse

(I posted this on my original thread, but thought it might deserve it's own.)

I need some advice on getting my current horse use to the idea of the new horse we purchased not quite a week ago.

My new horse, Sarge, is such a mellow push-over! Chip, the current horse, is a bully! I understand in all herds, there is an alpha, then the others. My horses are in the same field with corral panels splitting it down the middle. I thought it would be best to give them each their own space before putting them together in the same field.

They do share the same covered area that is an 18 X 14 ft space, with no sides, except for the panels breaking it up down he middle. I feed in the covered area and Chip gets extremely aggressive during feeding. He tries to reach over the panels to bite Sarge! This scares Sarge and he really doesn't want to get under the covered area to eat. He eventually comes under, but I feel so bad for the nice guy.

We are planning on making a permanent solid wood partition down the middle of the covered area, so Sarge and Chip cannot see each other when feeding.

At least, then Sarge can eat in peace, but what happens when we take the panels down? Will Chip always try to bite Sarge, even when not feeding? Do I need to keep the panels up permanently so Chip doesn't beat up Sarge? I didn't get this other horse to make him a punching bag for the current one.



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    01-26-2012, 11:45 PM
That is good idea Heather
Slowly introduce the two horses but stay with them
For a bit
    01-27-2012, 11:43 AM
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
that is good idea Heather
Slowly introduce the two horses but stay with them
For a bit

This is what I did when I introduced my new gelding to the gelding I already had. I first let them "talk" across the fence. That way they were seperated still. Then after a little bit of them sniffing and snorting at each other, I moved the new gelding into that pasture, still on the lead. Now, the gelding I already had is the push over so I did not have him haltered or anything. Since your original horse is the "bully" I would have them both haltered so both are under control and can be moved away from the situation if needed. After a little bit of them being together, I turned the new guy loose, and watched them for a while. Make sure that you watch them while they are eating so the "bully" doesn't steal the new guys food. My new guy is the bully so I actually tie him up while he is eating so he leaves the other gelding alone.

Hope some of this makes sense or helps
    01-27-2012, 01:27 PM
Thanks for the advise. When I put them together I will plan to be with them all day long and have a lead on Chip, the bully.

How "hands on" should I be? Should I not allow any biting or kicking to occur, or do they have to establish an order? I don't want anyone to get hurt, but I don't want to prolong anything either. How long should it take for them to establish a pecking order?

    01-27-2012, 04:19 PM
I would allow some because a pecking order does need to be established. They will decide who will be the heard leader. I would stop them if ones starts chasing the other a lot. You should be able to tell what is establishing a heard role and what is a horse being down right nasty.
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    01-27-2012, 05:17 PM
Good advice from Fiestymomma

herd dynamics, horse behavior, new horse

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