12-03-2012, 12:40 PM
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Sometimes it works to put a young one in with older ones and some times it does not. I have seen broken legs and had to put one of my own down a few years ago after trying to repair a broken cannon bone. The 10 month old filly got caught in the cross-fire of two older mares fighting over her. I have had others run over fences and run into fences
I have a yearling filly in now with 4 mares from 3 to 8 years old. They still beat her up pretty badly, but she figured out how to stay out of corners. I still have to take her out to give her grain.
If they can get acquainted over a good fence, they may take a little more kindly to him -- maybe not. I would do that and then let them run together for an hour or two when you are around, taking him back out when you are not watching. A few times like that and he should be OK.
It is very important that he gets put in with others so he learns how to be at the bottom of the pecking order. This socialization (actually the beating that they get) makes them much easier to train later on. They already know how to be submissive and to take orders from a leader. You later become that leader. They are 100X easier to train when they know how to lose.