Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Introducing a second horse-behavior questions
We just brought a second mare home yesterday and would like some feedback from those who have experience.
I did expect the hierarchy behavior: The new mare at first seemed to be dominant, she squeals, kicks out and doesn't want my current mare coming near her, and my current mare would circle around her, come close, then give the new girl her space.
How long does this typically last before they settle down and become friends?
I thought they had almost worked it out because the new mare was in the run in shed with my current girl this morning, but later in the day something seemed to have switched around and the new girl won't go into the run in shed anymore.
I've tried going out and leading her into the shed, but she'll spend a minute or two nibbling at some hay, then turn around and go back out to spend time alone.
My current girl seems to want to make friends, but the new mare won't have it.
Tonight there a very cold wind blowing, and it bothers me that she won't stay in the shelter, but prefers to be out in the cold winter wind. She's got a heavy winter coat, but I still worry about her out there in the field alone when she could be inside a nice cozy shelter with some company. Am I worrying for nothing?
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