Well some of you all ready know we added a new mini just over 2 weeks ago....
As always I have put him in his own pen, sharing a common fence line with the others.
This past Saturday was his 2 week mark with us, and we were feeling like it was time to put him in with the others, they had all been showing relaxed signs of acceptance....
We opened the gate between paddocks, and things did not go as well as we were hoping.
The three more dominant horses pretty much tagged teamed him, so all he could do was put himself where he felt the most comfortable, and fend them off with back kicks.... No one was terribly aggressive, no one was hurt, it was just the way they ganged up on him.
Soooo, I was not comfortable leaving them to work it out between them selves after that, and ended up leaving him in with the two minis who are lowest on the totem pole. And the three "aggressors" in the other paddock together.
I figure this will give him the chance to bond with them first, and then I will ad one of the other three at a time as things look like they are going well....
Does this sound like a good plan?
I have not ever had this problem before in all the years we've had horses. Granted it has only been two weeks... But I am hoping to get them in where they ALL have access to the barn, because I am sure this mild'ish winter weather will not last.
So far it does not seem like he is bonding at all with the other two either.
(I know it has only been two days.)
Domino, our new guy, seems to be exceptionally sensitive, and very non-aggressive, just stands off by himself all day.
The other two don't even have to blink an eye at him, and he will leave his hay pile, etc.....
Any one else experience a horse like this?
Any tips, suggestions?
I'd appreciate it!