Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
it sounds like you are doing everything you can. I would keep them across a fence, so they can sniff each other, but your paint can walk away when he sees fit. This will help him get used to your mustang without feeling too threatened. I would also eventually have them together on two lead lines, one person holding each horse. Also, if they do groundwork together in the same area, that may help. They can get used to being in the same vicinity without feeling threatened. The idea to take them on walks together is great advice!!
When you do put them together, give them plenty of space to work it out. Preferably a place where one cannot pin the other in a corner. Also, do not introduce food until they have it worked out. Until then, continue to work on your paints trust issues, it will help him settle down and reduce his stress.
** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **