Putting a colt in pasture with my 7 yo gelding?

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    12-19-2013, 11:19 AM
Question Putting a colt in pasture with my 7 yo gelding?

I have a 7 year old quarter horse gelding in a 1/4 acre pasture. My mom wants to get an 8 month old foal that she has had her eye on for months. Is it safe to put such a young colt in the pasture with my gelding? If not, what age would I introduce the colt to his new "herd?"
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    12-19-2013, 02:35 PM
Might not be a bad idea to set up an "introduction" pen next to pasture for the new guy. That will let them smell and see each other for a week or so before actually being in the same pen.
I'm not an expert so I'm curious to hear what others have to say! :)
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    12-19-2013, 02:36 PM
Forgot to add...we did that for my horse when she was 7 mo...no issues!
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    12-19-2013, 02:54 PM
I think I might be more worried with having two horses stuck inside only a 1/4 acre than from any danger from the geldning. A colt is going to want to run and play, especially with a new pasture mate. I would be more concerned about the space when it comes to his safety.
    12-19-2013, 03:00 PM
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I agree with thatkrayz - space is a major consideration both for movement and for safety. And as part and parcel of this, the disposition of your gelding has a direct effect on how the two will interact in a confined space - he could do a lot of damage to a younger weaker animal if he is inclined to so.

If you can set up a separate pen/corral (as suggested by Quinn) so the two can meet and greet over a shared fence (no barb wire, please) that will go along way to seeing how they will eventually interact with each other. If it looks like they're doing well, then the youngster can go into the bigger area. With regard to age, if your gelding is dominant and the new one is timid (or vice versa), there may never be a right age for them to share a smaller space.
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    12-19-2013, 06:25 PM
I think I may have misunderstood the barn owner when she told me how big the pasture is. It is huge. There is plenty of room for a few horses to run around. I am not worried about space just if it is wise to put such a young guy in with a horse or when and how to introduce them. My 7 year old is not a bully. He gets along with other horses but he also doesn't take crap from others. I don't want the little guy to get hurt and need to know the best way to even start the process. I like the idea of the introduction pen. The only problem is he is in a boarding facility. I don't think it will be conducive to the lay out of the facility, but what about putting the pen inside the pasture? There is a lot of space. Any other possible suggestions are welcome. I will in the meantime talk to the BO about a temporary pen.
    12-19-2013, 06:36 PM
Putting a weanling in with adult horses is rarely a problem. The adults don't see a weanling as a threat to them and generally just leave them be.
    12-19-2013, 06:52 PM
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It now sounds like the best way to approach this is with a temporary pen inside the pasture, then. The best way is to use corral panels (designed for just this sort of thing). To make a decent size pen, you would want at least 120 running feet of panels (assuming 10 ft lengths, you would have a 30 ft square pen (if I calculated right)). If corral panels aren't available, the only other thing I can think of is an electric fence - it would be easy to put up and take down. I don't use electric fencing so am unfamiliar with the most appropriate kind to get but I'm sure there's a number of forum members who have experience with it and could make good suggestions.
    12-19-2013, 07:34 PM
Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Putting a weanling in with adult horses is rarely a problem. The adults don't see a weanling as a threat to them and generally just leave them be.
And it is a very good thing to have a baby sitter for a young horse. I would never leave a young horse by themselves. I would make a POINT to find a buddy. Sounds like a good set up.

And yes, it is good to introduce them before sticking them in together!
    12-19-2013, 07:56 PM
I put a weanling in with a herd of 5 and had no problem she made friends with one and was fine. The gelding is going to set the rules just like any horse will. As long he does not overly aggressive the colt should be fine. But he might just make friends right away if your horse is by himself, he will find the colt as a new friend and the colt will fit right in.

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