Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
my mare did this with a yearling i introduced her to about a year ago. we put my mare in with the yearling and her mother, and my mare came from across the arena to attack the filly. we had two small paddocks next to each other, and put one in each, and took all the other horses away. herd instinct kicked in, they were ok grazing next to each toehr with a fence between them after the first day. put them together two days later, and anne stomped and squealed a little, but when the yearling started clacking her teeth and chewing at her, she calmed down and grazed. we did this for three or four days, then turned them out with the rest of the horses again. (draft mare, the yearlings mother,the yearling and anne) they had a little more squealing and pinned ears, then went back to normal.
bottom line, when we took away the other horses, they had only each other to rely on, so they made nice. this established a bond and an order within a safe environment, which could be used as a baseline for their position in the herd as a whole.
hope that helps.