Originally Posted by smrobs
Hmm, actually, my biggest concern would be just the putting him out with other horses with no real introduction first. Before I turn mine out I like them to share a fenceline with their potential herd-mates so that there is a safe exit in case one of them gets a little too aggressive. My 'stang is a very dominant horse and he will whip the crap out of any horse that tries to act like a big boss around him.
I didn't have the experience of them "reverting" the first time I turned either of mine out (or the feral filly I got this spring either), and they were captured at 2 and 3...left wild until 3 and 5. I just make sure that they are comfortable with me walking right up to them and, while I normally don't approve of hand feeding treats to horses, I do treat mine when they approach me in the pasture...just to solidify being easy to catch.
What do you do as a real introduction? Usually the other horses hanging out by the round pen and hand grazing with the herd seems to work fine.
I should not that my round pen is in the middle of the field..my horses can walk right up to V whenever they want, sniff noses, and kick each other (thankfully the bars keep everyone safe)
The first few days that V was in there, him and my head gelding had some major "fights" but nobody was hurt and they've calmed down. Posted via Mobile Device