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We're goin' to pick up my three horses today. Two of them are at one farm and the other one is at another farm. The two that have been together for a while get along pretty good, but the last one that we just got hasn't been introduced to them yet. When we picked her up and brought her home we put her in the field with my friend's horse and he chased her down and ran her through the fence like 3 times and she just plowed right through it (electric fence). The place we're movin' 'em to has a wooden fence with mesh fence around it and a barbwire on the top strand. How do you think I should go about doing this and introducing them?? We were gonna put Cowboy on the trailer first b/c he's the alpha horse of his pack, then Auggie, and then go pick up Heaven and put her on last so that way we can take Heaven out and put her in the field first so she can think it's her territory, then we were gonna put Auggie in since they're both babies they might get along better, and we don't know whether to but Cowboy in a stall and bring him to their gate maybe once or twice a day to see what his reaction will be with Auggie in their with another horse and maybe they'll get along.....hopefully...or if we should just put all three of them in together at the same time. I think this filly is gonna be scared of other horses or be mean to them until she hopefully gets used to them so I'm not really sure what to do. Please give me some advice that I might could use
We have always put them in fences next to each other to begin with and introduce them slowly.. That way they have time to "get to know" each other and escape without getting so beat up!
Rustic has the right idea. Let them get to know each other with a fence inbetween. When I introduce horses I like to keep the new horse in the paddock where I feed them and the horse that's been here, out in the pasture but can see and smell each other over the gate - it's a dominance thing. I want the new horse to be in the area that I feed them and the old horse outside that area.
Depending on how they act I may keep them apart for a few hours or a few days. However long they are apart they may still be some kicking and chasing for a bit so expect that.
When I bring in a new horse I always do it as early in the day as I can allowing me as much daylight as possible.
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