I recently acquired 2 geldings- a Haflinger who's 15, and a QH cross who's 13- This happened very suddenly, so we were a little unprepared, and it's dead winter here in NY, so it was a mad scramble. We have about a 3 acre pasture that has only a perimeter fence. I was under the impression that these boys had been out together and would be fine together. By the 3rd day out, I went to collect them to bring them back to the barn(we need to build a 3 side out there) and all hell broke loose.
The QH starts running around like a madman, snorting, biting the Haffie, chasing him in circles, and not letting me get anywhere near them. After about 15 minutes, I caught a lucky break with the Haffie blocking the QH so he couldn't see me approach, was able to get leads on both and get them back to the barn without further issue.
I had a horse owner friend come over and take a look at them-I had turned them out separately, so the QH was in pasture, the Haffie in the barn. We did some exercises, changed stalls, etc. She said she would still put them out together, but I am worried that this will happen again, and the less dominant Haffie is going to get hurt, or run through a fence because he has no choice.
Should I turn them out separately until we can split the pasture, or take a chance and see what happens?