so i introduced bailey the new guy to the herd on saturday. the first half hour was rough with denny picking on him. but bailey was fine with being submissive and letting him be in control. the other two horses didn't mind the new guy at all. my blind horse jessie has actually found a liking to bailey and follows him everywhere. they all eventually settled down and i let them hangout together for the day.
later that day i had a grooming session with each horse. one at a time. after they were clean i let them be for the rest of the day as i had just spent about 2 hours with each horse grooming and cleaning them up.
progress is so far - denny didn't charge me since i went ape **** on him the day before and hasn't even put his ears back once. hopefully i can keep this going. and all the horses were easy to catch, lead great, and stood while tied no problem.
bad comes the next day when i went to catch bailey to bring him to a public trail for a running adventure. we have 2 fields back to back that we leave open so they have 2 fields about 10 acres to run around in. well i was walking to the first field and called for bailey and he came trotting from the far field. he was on the left near my blind horse and denny was on the far right. well as bailey trotted to me at the gate denny came full speed attacking him. and circling him to keep him from coming towards me.
i wasnt even in the field yet. so i went to get a lunge whip and baling wire and when i went in there, denny wouldn't let bailey come to me. denny kept running bailey off and then denny would walk to me like he wanted to come out. i forced him away and went for bailey again and he kept charging him. i even had to hit him in the rump and shoulder multiple times to get him to back off (since he wasn't responding to any whip cracking etc )so i could get near bailey.
any idea why denny was showing such behavior. i have never seen a horse circle another nor have i seen one not allow one to go to a human. denny has had new herd members before but this is the first time he ever tried to keep one from coming to me.
i talked to my trainer and she said they are still figuring out pecking order. but i dont think that could be it unless denny is looking at me as mare
any ideas i am very confused and feel i am getting wrong info from my trainer