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    03-15-2007, 08:21 PM

Last night after working with abby (yes i'm sticking to the mounting block for now) I put her back in a her paddock up by the house only to find her at the back of our farm visiting the othr horses down there (her daily richual is rolling under the hot fence and grazing in my back yard) instead of returning her back to her paddock I put her in with the herd, she has been out with the herd (her mother is part of the herd too) before but last night all 6 horses turned on her and chased her all about, my boarders gelding chased her to the point that she fell like she was slidding in to home........she's ok but now I have to lock her in the barn....i have a 2 stall barn with a high fenced paddock I call my stud pen and now the stud and her slpit pen time.....any idea's on how I can slowly interduce her back with the herd with out them trying to kill her????
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    03-15-2007, 08:27 PM
Try fencing off a corner of hte field/ put a small connecting paddock. This way, the horses can sniff and meet eachother and get used to one another, but the fence seperates them from fighting or chasing. However, anytime you put a new horse in a herd, chances are there will always be a little chasing/ play fighting to establish the pecking order
    03-15-2007, 10:17 PM
This is normal and establishing pecking order. And no, they aren't trying to "kill" her. If you feel she is at risk, allow them to meet through a fence to prevent chasing.
    03-25-2007, 05:56 AM
I agree with Kirsty but you might like to try introducing one horse at a time to her until the whole herd is there with in one paddock add least aggressive mate and leave for couple of days with bussiness as usual and then when all is quiet add least aggressive no 2 and same again...until all together. There is always going to be niggles and fights, its the normal order of life for horses.....problems do happen when one horse does't conform to the boss hoss and because we humans keep them in closed areas they can't get away from the meanie and end up hurt.....thats when you need to be watching to prevent is better to have two happy herds living peacefully than one herd constantly challenging each other......just what I think anyways...
    03-25-2007, 09:43 AM
Try to put her in a seperate paddock rite next to theres, let them get aquanted and skiff and such. After like 2-4 weeks or so move them to the other paddock and see how that works

Good luck!


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