Introducing new gelding to herd
I'm not new to horses but new to this situation. In the past I have had my horses in a barn/corral and not out in a pasture with others so Im not as familiar with herd dynamics.
I'm getting a new horse and will be pasture boarding him near my house. My thoughts on introducing him would have been to have him in a holding pen next to the pasture for a while before going in with the group but this facility just wants me to open up the gate and throw him in with the herd from day one, they don't have a holding pen. They said the horses will figure it out. The facility is nice and all horses look well cared for so maybe they know what they're doing?
Is that safe? He's 6 and has always been at pasture with a herd so should be used to it but these other horses belong to other boarders and I know nothing about them. I think there are 5-7 others, mares and geldings of various ages. I just don't want him to be totally overwhelmed and stressed with the move and new group. I'm also afraid of being rushed by the others when I bring him in.
Any advice would be appreciated!