We got Joe home this morning, the poor little guy didn't get much of a homecoming. My mare just wants to KILL him, I've never seen her act so aggressive. And the other 7yro gelding just wants to nip at any part of him he can reach and be on top of him (hes a foal in a 1200 pound body). So Joe is in his own little pen for his own safety. And of course he doesn't understand why he is by himself, I feel so bad for him. Oddly enough the older gelding that is normally aggressive to all the other horses (who we always keep alone) is the only one that's not trying to get to him over the fence. I regret putting up electric fence for our goat pasture. Joe could have stayed with them, I just worry about him going through the fence to get to the other horses
Hopefully my killer mare will settle down in a few days. Heres a few pics of him a just snapped. He looks so rejected in the second one!
Unfortunately this is an issue that wont go away because it's their way of establishing a pecking order. My mare was the same to newbies. You could try putting the friendliest horse you've got in with him so that they can join up. This will make it easier when you eventually put him in with the others as he will have a buddy & wont be such an outcast.
I know most people get freaked out and want to keep the horses seperate but this won't really solve much. Letting them get to know eachother over the fence is also a good idea but your mare is going to want to "put him in his place" no matter what.
"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly." www.wildestheartart.com
My mare was the same way when we brought a 10wk old foal home. They're both minis, she was pregnant, and she adored her own foal, who came 5 days after we bought the 10 wk old colt, but she HATED the colt. Still does.
Yes I am hoping that the mare will settle down a bit so they can go together, she alpha over the other gelding so I already expected her to be boss mare. He just came this morning, so there is no rush to throw them all together. I don't want him being hurt. If she doesn't settle a bit I'll probably try him with just one of the geldings, who knows maybe the older gelding will take a liking to him and finally be able to have a friend.
Aww, poor guy. What a cutie though. Often having them share a fenceline so they get used to each other will work. Hope so for you! I'm doing the same thing right now, I know my two boss mares (Arab cross and Haflinger/Welsh Cob) would beat up my TINY Paint yearling (she's about the same size as my 11.1h Shetland!) so I moved them, they share a fenceline, and the Paint is with my TB, Shetland, and Welara. She's friends with the Shetland and stays away from the TB and Welara. When those three are all great friends I'll feel more comfortable putting one of the boss mares with them since she'll have friends to hide behind and not get ganged up on lol!
Well I ended up putting the younger gelding in with Joe last night. Noah bullied him around a bit then got bored of it. He was a bit shocked when Joe tried nursing on him. The colt is like his shadow, he definitely thinks Noah is his new mom. When I woke up this morning Noah had made an attempt to get back with the mare and ripped down a section of fence and got himself in this little alley between our upper field. So they were all basically in different enclosures this morning. Poor Noah had no idea what to do, he was so happy to see me this morning, like "please help me!"
After fixing fence, I put them all together this morning. The mare did pretty much what I expected and went after the colt, she was like a wild stallion with her teeth bared running after him. Luckily "mom" aka Noah seems to actually think he is mom now and was putting himself between the mare and the colt and trying to herd him up to the upper field. She only gave chase a few minutes then just stood there giving everyone nasty looks. She's been darting after him a few more times, but gives up pretty quick. Noah has been herding the colt around to keep him away from Chick. So we will see if things work out between them all. I'm just worried she's not going to let everyone inside the shelter. If she wants to continue to be a witchy mare she can go live with the goats haha.