Normal behavior while introducing two horses...
Okay so, I just brought home my horse Kismet on Thursday, and I'm not sure what's normal behavior and what's not..
My other horse Tiger is 20 yrs old, and has been at my house for about 8 years. I've never brought a mare in with him before, but he has had two other geldings with him on and off for the last couple of years (they actually live in the pasture that borders one of Tiger's, they belong to my cousin and are not in with him now) and he was always good with them, never acted aggressive or anything.
Kismet is my 6 yr old mare that I got a month ago, and she is an extremely laid back and calm horse.
Anyways, I figured they would be fine together, but now I'm not so sure..
He keeps charging at her with his ears pinned back, they are separated by a fence, and this morning she wheeled around and double barrel kicked the fence.. Not hard, it did nothing to the fence and I watched her for a while to make sure she wasn't sore, but I figured after that he would stop.. But he hasn't.. Any time she comes up to him he pins his ears and kind of lunges at her. She usually squeals and stomps her feet or kind of kicks out.
I'm just not sure where to go from here.. I let her out in the pasture bordering his today, and any time she would come near him he would do that.
To me, it looks like he's trying to establish dominance over her, she acts like the submissive one. But I'm afraid to let them out together, I don't want either of them hurt. I'm not sure where to go from here..
I've never introduced two horses, so I just need some advice/opinions :) Thank you!
"The horse knows..
He knows if you know..
He also knows if you don't know.." - Ray Hunt