Originally Posted by sarahver
Well, sometimes it is better to have less human involvement than you think. See how when you first let them go the chestnut stared down the pally and the pally walked past, backed his ears but continued on following you out? Both horses were 100% aware of the other but neither had really made the first move of introductions.
By leading the pally back to the chestnut and to get them to introduce that way, it is a human centric way of thinking - 'if we get the introduction out of the way then the worst is over' when in reality horses have much more subtle language than this, especially with two dominant horses. It may well have taken the two of them 20 mins or longer to actually get to the stage where they sniff and squeal at each other, but this is by no means 'time wasted'. This allows them some time and space to judge a little for themselves the best approach to the situation. By forcing them to have a direct introduction when you led the pally straight back to the chestnut, they really had no time to suss out each other before deciding on their own how to go about introductions. The reaction you had was quite extreme and I hope that both horses are OK.
I understand where you're coming from but I really doubt it would have helped. We were trying to keep them away from the rail so nobody was cornered and trying to jump it. I don't think the outcome would have been any different without our interference as I've seen how the chestnut mare behaves towards newcomers - she almost put my Paint filly through the fence from her relentless charging. Normally we do just leave them to their own devices, we were just concerned about a fight starting at the rail where Justus walked over to. We'll try to stay out of it more next time. Posted via Mobile Device