Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
A lot depends on how much area they are in. If they have a large area where he has room to escape, at least a few acres, he should be fine. If you just have small pens, definitely introduce over a fence.
We just introduced a 4 month old filly to our mares. The first few days were over the fence. After that, I walked her in the herd on a lead rope with me carrying a stick/whip for about 1/2 an hour. Each day I would increase the time she was with them. However, I know I have their respect and can move them away with a look or wave of the stick. After a few days of leading, I let her loose but still supervised for about an hour before taking her back out. There was still some ear pinning and chasing away. Now a week after the first introduction, she is out on her own with the herd.
Some horses will take longer and some will be fine sooner. You have to watch the other horses reactions.
We introduced a gelding to our herd almost two years ago. That was in September and he was still chased around until February when we introduced two more. Then the other horses left him alone.
Last year, we introduced a colt to our geldings. After a few days, he was accepted into the herd with no issues.
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