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  • Can you put a yearling colt with a gelding
  • Can i turn out my young colt with a two geldings

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    12-19-2013, 09:54 PM
  #11
Trained
I wouldn't worry too much, I turned my yearling out with 40 other horses(all geldings) and he adapted well.
Just like any new horse he had a little hair missing but all is good.
As long as he has plenty of room to get away when he gets ran off from feed or whatever he should be fine. When too many horses get stuffed into a small area they will get a little more 'beat up'
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    12-19-2013, 10:54 PM
  #12
Foal
Thanks everyone. It is going to be a few months now before we get the colt. She already decided on him and we talked to the owner but my mom wants to wait a couple more months before she brings him to the new facility so hopefully he will be a little bigger, but if not, it doesn't seem like I have much to worry about. Since my boy is not dominant, I think little Teddy will be okay (I am not pleased with the name but that's what she wants to call him). Will keep you all posted when we do the introduction. Any other suggestions are still happily accepted.
     
    12-19-2013, 11:42 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by quinn    
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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You might not be an expert, but that is one of the most reliable, tried and true ways to introducing new horses. Doesn't mean there can't still be issues when they are put together, but it's still the best start.

My concern is the 1/4 acre. That's not much space. Especially if there's a clash and the little one needs to put distance between them.
     
    12-20-2013, 12:06 AM
  #14
Yearling
Size will be no matter in my opinion.. When we got our 16h QH and stuck him in with my 15.1h half Arab, he got the poop scared out of him by my horse. The QH was ran around the pasture for 30 minutes by my half Arab.

2 years later we bought a small yearling. I had the half Arab on a line in the pasture with plenty of grass with the yearling in it. I hand grazed them together, unclipped the line, and they continued grazing. There was no problem.

The only problem I forsee is that you will be putting the weanling onto your horse's "turf", which he may want to deem as his. I don't think your horse will put up a fight against such a young horse... Whenever I've seen young horses being introduced they are incredibly submissive, posing no threat to the older horse.
     
    12-20-2013, 12:22 PM
  #15
Showing
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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.
     
    12-21-2013, 08:03 PM
  #16
Foal
Being younger you have to be a bit more careful.... However I just got a new mare and put her into a paddock with my gelding (mind you paddock is about 4-5 acres) and I had a trainer present. Letting them sniff over the fence gauged the reaction then released her into the paddock. No problem at all. HOWEVER I'm not suggesting you do that with a young one ... But maybe having a professional present to help you read both horses reactions may be of help to you and provide a little peace of mind.
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    12-21-2013, 08:37 PM
  #17
Banned
Iv brought home a yearling stud and just put him out in pasture with other 2 horses. Never had a problem they acted like they had all been together for years.

Of course it was in a 3 acer pasture so more space then a 1/4 acer.
     
    12-21-2013, 09:35 PM
  #18
Started
Some of it depends on gelding. I have always had my youngsters out in herd & they do fine,only because the mares keep order in the herd.Not sure if I had to turn a youngster out with my young geldings though, they sometimes in boredom like to play & chase the young one. Young ones would learn to just run to the mares if they got to rowdy ,but if the mares weren't there don't know what would happen. This winter had to separate my mini donkey's as my gelding thought they made good playtoys rolling them down in the snow
     
    12-21-2013, 10:54 PM
  #19
Green Broke
One thing to keep in mind is that babies are still growing. If something does happen (in play or in seriousness), like a kick, it could damage the weanling way more than it would an adult horse.

Just something to keep in mind and, that said, I've never really heard of a baby being put in jeopardy with just one other gelding. You said he's pretty laid back, too? That'll help.

Let us know how it goes!
     

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