Originally Posted by QuarterBreeze
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?"
Whether or not you can do that safely and successfully, will all depends on the gelding who already lives in the pasture. Instead of putting the colt into his pasture, I would move the gelding in with the colt. Putting him in a different pasture will allow you to decrease a little bit of that home over powering of the gelding, and it allow them to meet on more neutral grounds. It will also depends on the gelding you are trying to mix him with. Some geldings are great with babies, others don't care-but then you also have that select few who are nasty to youngsters.
What I would look at is starting off hand leading them together for a few casual walks down the road and some monitored and controlled time together, and then mix them in a pasture while you are there to supervise what is going on.