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post #1 of 8 Old 08-05-2017, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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New members of the family. How long to keep separate?

We just moved into our house on Monday, the buckskin has been her since Thursday night and the pony today, my daughter got it for her bday. How long do they need to stay apart? They are in adjoining pastures so they can smell and see each other. The buckskin has been in a pasture with cows for a little, she is very friendly to us and loves attention. Ran to the road yesterday when two horses was walking by on road. But she acted up when we put the pony in the other pasture, was reaching over and squealing almost and pawing at the fence. She perks up if he goes to other side of pasture, they are staying close to each other and walking the fence together. This is the ponys second move in the last 2 weeks. A friend was holding him for us so we could surprise my daughter. He was in a pasture was a pony around 13 hands but was told they kicked at each other the first week. I would love to get them out and leading them around together, the pony is broke broke, but the buckskin was rode first time today in over year. Would love to let my daughter ride her to pond while leading the other. How long can I expect them or at least the buckskin to act up toward each other? Because we will go through this again, I am looking for a horse for me.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-05-2017, 11:19 PM
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Adorable pony!! Love the buckskin too!

What you could try is switching pastures for a few days, then try them together. Ponies usually are tough and can hold their own, but your little one looks very submissive.

So long as the pastures are big enough, the pony should be able to avoid the other one. If the pony gets chased a lot you might have to split them up again for a few days. Do you have any sort of barn for them to stay in at night or are they out all the time?
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I quarantined any that might have been exposed to infectious diseases for a minimum of 30 days. If I bought a horse from a private seller who wasn't constantly hauling their horses to shows or trail rides I'd keep them next to each other where the could get to know each other for a day or two and then planned on keeping an eye on them for a couple of hours when I turned them out together. It was a good time to sit outside and clean tack.
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@CoachGlass I would ride the buckskin and ride is some more before trying to pony the pony. It is hard to do especially when the animals are not the same height. Remember if that buckskin kicks your daughter would be at a very low height on that pony.

Once you get the buckskin working well undersaddle pony the pony without a rider - they are wonderful looking animals. Congrats on having them at home
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-07-2017, 04:52 PM
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Can't offer advice just wanted to say that both are beautiful!

Don't judge someone's horse or skill because they don't compete or work with a trainer.

Sometimes they're the most in tune with each other.
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@CoachGlass I would ride the buckskin and ride is some more before trying to pony the pony. It is hard to do especially when the animals are not the same height. Remember if that buckskin kicks your daughter would be at a very low height on that pony.

Once you get the buckskin working well undersaddle pony the pony without a rider - they are wonderful looking animals. Congrats on having them at home
That is what I was thinking too. I would NOT try to ride together any time soon. You can have your daughter ride the pony and you walk along side, that would be a lot safer. If you are riding a horse that has been sitting for a while, and your young daughter is on a pony, there are way too many variables that can go wrong. Personally I would only ride a dead broke horse around a small child on a pony.
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-07-2017, 10:49 PM
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It all depends on your concerns and the horses' personalities. If infectious disease is a concern, quarantine for a couple of weeks. If one is a show horse that shouldn't have hoof marks on it, introduce them slowly and cautiously. If those aren't concerns, and if the horses have laid back personalities, go ahead and put them together with supervision. Sometimes it's easy. These two had known each other for only a few minutes.
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If they aren't aggressive over the fence they will be more so together. Wait for them to play nice with a fence between them. As mentioned you will need to supervise the first times together. Put them together for an hour or two then separate, increase time together. They will tell you when. Some horse's can be bullies and don't play well with others. They need to establish dominance (pecking order). Normally they will get along better with even numbers. Odd number someone may get ganged up on? ??

As mentioned be cautious with your Angel riding around other horse's.
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