Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Size of the horse doesn't make it the lead horse. From what I've seen, the lead horse is not the aggressive one. It has been one lower in ranking, trying to keep its position. When we introduced a coworker's horse to our herd, the lead horse, our oldest mare, walked over to him, turned and gave him both back hooves to the chest and walked away. She really hasn't done anything since to him. However, our youngest mare constantly is pinning her ears at him and chases him off. I've seen it in other herds to.
Setting up a temporary fence is a good idea just until they get more used to each other.
As for the canvas rug idea, I've seen those ripped to shreds in one day. I don't know what it is about that canvas material, but they did not like it. In that same pasture/turnout, the nylon ones were left alone.
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Last edited by usandpets; 08-14-2012 at 05:11 AM.