Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
Maybe because my pastures are bigger, but I have never had a problem in successfully integrating horses into the main herd, irregardless of alpha and other herd dynamics
This includes the yearly integration of the previous year's weanlings, who I kept separated over winter, due to different feeding needs at that age
I also introduced several horses that we used as breeding stallions for several years, then gelded.
What I always did, was to rotate the entire herd members with any new horse, putting them together in a large corral for a few days
Sure, at times those dominant geldings, esp the ones we had used as stallions, would be possessive of the mares, esp when they were cycling, and would make the other geldings stay at the peripheral area from 'their herd'
Those lower down geldings would form their own group, and come up for water when those dominant geldings were out in the wide open pasture
Dominant horses in the herd, are seldom a problem, far as new herd members, as their position is already very clear, ruled by just a look or slight body language.
It is usually those horses further down in that herd order, who are most aggressive towards new herd members, trying to keep that position they now enjoy in that herd
I also have safe fencing, where horses really can't get pinned, even in the part where the automatic waterer is