01-25-2012, 10:59 PM
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New horse introductions...
I feel like such novice all the time! (I would put some sort of icon here, but I cannot find one that looks stressed, holding a glass of wine)
I need some advice on getting the first horse use to the idea of the new horse.
My new horse, Sarge, is such a mellow push-over! Chip, the first 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.
The 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 the crap out of Sarge? I didn't get this other horse to make him a punching bag for Chip.