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post #1 of 12 Old 03-30-2009, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Turning horses out together(?)

I wasn't sure where to post this so hope it's ok here. I went quickly from owning 1 horse to 3 horses! We have them in pipe stalls next to each other. They have been together over a month now and get along well when we ride them. Can I turn them out together? My dad says he used to turn his horse out with others and they love to play. He thinks they should already have a pecking order since they have been stalled next to each other and they have been ridden very close to each other. We have switched them so they each have been by the other.
Wondering what your thoughts are. I would love for them to be able to play but usually just turn them out one at a time.
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-30-2009, 03:00 AM
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First, welcome to the forum Vickie. As for your question, I would imagine that they would be fine being turned out together as they are not really strangers to each other. There may be some initial battles to concrete their pecking order but I really don't think they will hurt each other. The only way to tell for sure is to turn them out and just watch them for the first couple of hours and during feeding time. If they are going to fight, it will usually take place in the first few hours of being turned out together or when it comes time to feed. I wish you good luck and can't wait for you to post some pix of your horses. :)

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as smrobs already said, it should be fine since they know each other. At the place I ride, there are about 15 horses turned out together and they all do fine.
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Just make sure where ever you turn them out together it is a safe... they may run and chase each other a bit. Also I would make sure to be around the day you turn them out just in case they get out.

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Can you turn just 2 of them out together at first and then supervise. Then in a day or 2 turn the 3rd one out with them? Horses are herd animals and will establish a pecking order and there are often a few nicks, etc. but then they settle down.

Right now we have 6 turned out together at my friend's house--my 2 and her 4.

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I agree with smrobs. Have fun!
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-30-2009, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Ottakee View Post
Can you turn just 2 of them out together at first and then supervise. Then in a day or 2 turn the 3rd one out with them? Horses are herd animals and will establish a pecking order and there are often a few nicks, etc. but then they settle down.

Right now we have 6 turned out together at my friend's house--my 2 and her 4.
I suggest turning them all out together instead as the 3rd one would then be at a disadvantage.. Unless one is very bossy and then I would turn that one out after the other 2 settle a bit. Either way there may be fur flying for a few days..

When I turned Cash out with the others it was a bit traumatic for Abe and Peanut. Heidi had already paired up with him<the hussy> and lets him be boss. When I let Gypsy <she's da boss> out of the arena <fat farm> due to the weather she and Cash clashed big time. I have now separated them somewhat for a while. Cash and Heidi are out, Gypsy is at the fat spa, Abe and Peanut are in the barn/square pen and cheno is in the old folks home.. ;) Some of them were pickin on him over his stall wall, the meanies.

Well that may have been more than you all wanted to know. LOL

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my horse is turned out with two other horses and there may be a few squabbles because just face it just like people horses don't like some horses they live with. But like everyone has been saying once a pecking order is established they should be fine. my horse is the big man in the field and there are quite a few pinned ears that come along with that. Keep a good eye on them for the first few days.

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I do agree with Ottakee, as well as AppyT, but it all depends on the horses.

I just had to deal with this situation recently. Adding two horses to a herd of 3. Here's what I did:

Charity was first. She was 10 months old at the time and very much submissive to every living creature. Almost fearfully so. Because of this, we turned her out by herself, then slowly let out the other 3 horses, starting with the one lowest on the totem pole (Dreamer) then once they ran around and hashed everything out and everybody went back to hanging out, i turned out the next highest (Rain) and again, they ran around, hashed everything out, then stopped. Finally the Highest came out (Joey) and he did the same thing, then they all ran around together, then stopped. If I were to turn her 10 month old 13.0 hh self loose on the ENTIRE herd of horses, she would have got thrown through the fence.

Miakoda was the last to join the herd. Miakoda would charge over the fence at the other horses while stalled (i keep them in pipe corral too) and I could tell she was going to be rank, mean, and nasty to the other horses. So, I let her figure out the pasture barriers (walked her to show her the fence) let her realize it was hotwire, then pulled her out and turned everyone out (including poor little Charity) Then i loosed her on the entire herd and let her fend for herself. She is 6 years old and 15.0 hh with a rank attitude. She needed the power of the entire herd to humble her all at one time. She was knocked all the way down to the 4th rank (Poor Charity... she is still #5!) but after 3 days, she bumped herself up to #2 underneith Joey.

Everytime a new horse gets added to the pasture, the heirarchy needs a few days to adjust, so the pasture can sometimes be semi-chaotic for those days.

I hope i didnt over-engineer it for ya! Welcome to the forum hun!

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-01-2009, 09:32 PM
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i say turn them out together, all you can do it try! i have 3 horses, banjo, chucky and pennellipi. both chucky and nelly get along with banjo but chucky and nelly dont get along together so they have to be in separte paddocks. they may chase each other a bit and they might kick and bite a little, but this is all apart of deciding the pecking order so i wouldnt worry about it unless they dont stop! lol! it all depends on the horse but i say give it a go, if they get along well in the stalls close by each other, i would say they woul get along well in the paddock.
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