Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
It's always best to introduce a new horse over a fence. After a day or two and assuming your horses respect and listen to you, walk the little one in with the others. Carry a stick or whip to fend off the others if they get out of hand. I wouldn't do that with a lot of horses or a big herd but since it's just your two, it should be fine. Do that once or twice a day for a couple days. Then you should be able to turn the little one loose. There will always be some scuffles at first. They are just putting the new one in its place.
When we got Jackson, he was about 4 months old and was just weaned. We don't have it where he could get to know the others over a fence. Luckily, a couple of ours would be nice to him. We put him and those two in a separate pasture until he learned about electric fences. I don't think he had much experience before with them. He would run right thru ours but we didn't have a very good ground for them either.
After a few days with the two, we introduced him to the whole herd. We thought the mares would take him in easier but it was the geldings that got more protective of him. There were some scuffles and some chasing at first but things settled pretty quick.
Just take it slow at first and he will be fine.
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