Is herd change a good idea?
I recently purchased Nick, a 5 1/2 year old gelding. He is a big, strong, athletic horse who is clearly the alpha horse in his small herd. He has always been pastured with his mother and a 3 year old sister. Recently, another young mare was added. Although broke, Nick has not been ridden much for almost 3 years. I am having some difficulty in establishing my dominance in our relationship. He can be quite disrespectful at times. He tends to bite and does not respect my personal space. I have been very firm with him on these issues, but I have not seen as much progress as I would have liked. At the farm where I board Nick, there is another pasture with two mares and two geldings. I wonder if it might do Nick some good to move him to that other pasture where I suspect he would not be the dominant horse. In fact, he might be one or two from the bottom with this other herd. I am wondering if this change might allow him to accept my dominance more readily than he seems to be willing to do at the present. Any thoughts on this idea?