Our new ponies are getting delivered tomorrow. I promise to try and take lots of pics!
Our ponies are:
Warrior, a yearling Shetland pony colt
Scout (at least I think we're going to call him Scout), a weanling Shetland pony colt
The ponies are going to be kept at my parents' house. We do have a separate pen set up for them where they can meet & greet the big horses over the fence. We're hoping to eventually be able to turn them out with the rest of the herd. We will see how it goes with my SIL's gelding... he's currently the low horse in the herd and whenever a new horse comes in, he immediately tries to get the upper hand and becomes a big bully. My two geldings are FANTASTIC with other horses, particularly ponies.
Warrior has a very fiery personality and I think he'll be just fine. He was bred & born at the facility he's currently at. He hasn't had a lot of handling, but we'll remedy that.
Scout is only about 4.5 months old. He's had a very rough couple of months. He was weaned from momma, then after a bit he was trailered from South Dakota to MN, then loaded into a different trailer and brought to a different location in MN. He's been there for about 3 weeks and now he's going to be trailered to WI. He apparently has a very sweet, calm personality. (I've never met him... I was supposed to get a different pony but when the seller decided she didn't want to part with that pony, she offered me this one from a friend of hers).
I'm concerned with getting Scout settled in. The plan was to have him and Warrior in "the pony pen" together, and the seller was going to get them used to one another at her place. She apparently didn't do this, because her 2 year old stud is very attached to Warrior and she kept the two of them together to keep peace. So now... Warrior and Scout will basically have the trailer ride together and then will arrive at our house, where we were planning on putting them together in the pony pen.
I'm worried that Warrior is going to pick on Scout. He's used to "rough play" with the 2 year old stud.
The way my pony pen is set up, there is a corral attached to a stall in the barn. My "stalls" are actually more like small corrals, with board fences rather than solid walls. Right next to the pony stall is a large, double stall that I could put Scout in to get used to Warrior for awhile, but I don't like to leave him cooped up in the barn for too long.
If Warrior were to get along with the big boys, I could turn him out with them after a day or so and put my sweet, babysitter type gelding in with Scout.
Can you tell I'm just running through different possibilities in my head? I'm going to end this thread before it gets more confusing.
I'm definitely open to suggestions/opinions/experiences from others.