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post #1 of 2 Old 09-21-2013, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Advice for introduction

I have had horses for many years but mainly only one at a time. I currently have a 16 yr old QH mare and have just gotten a 13 yr old QH gelding. He is on his second day here and they are in separate pastures that share and adjoining fenceline for part of it and each have their own stalls on opposite sides of the barn. He doesnt pay too much attention to her but has buddied some and gets nervous when she is out of sight but doesnt spend much time on fence or bugging her. She is more interested in him and wants to nip and smell then she squeals and strikes like he did something to her lol Ideally I would like to open up into one large pasture and have them together but am looking for some ideas and advice on how best to go about this, what to look for, how I know if they need to be separated again etc? Appreciate any info :) Thanks!
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-22-2013, 12:03 AM
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I like to commit to it and do it. I find lots of in/out draws the drama on.

I like to intro mid-morning when everything is well-lit. Lots of daylight left to explore. Large open area, simple shaped corral, good footing.

As a rule, I don't let any loose horse crowd myself and my haltered horse... I like to feed hay for the rest of the herd, scattered and away from the gate. I unhalter the newb and step outside the pasture. I like to grab a ring-side seat and even video it for a bit.

I find if they've had some time over the fence, there's very little drama. I like to buddy up two newbs, as opposed to intro-ing one into our herd (max 10, mixed). I will sometimes keep a singular newb with a current member if I think they'll do well together, then intro after a few days. Old loyalties die hard, though, and quite often the newb is left on its own.

I expect your two will get on well. Sounds like she may be the leader if the two.
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