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new pecking order now

So, we have added two new horses. Sold one and still have the one mare that we've had for many years. We first brought in the 10 year old mare and they hit it off. Got along great. No real bickering at all. After a couple of days, put them together and all was grand.
Just got in another one that is older - 21. Long story but I actually got her when she was a yearling and around age 7, she went to a friend of mine and now she's back with me. She's a sweet heart.
Now all hell has broke loose. Neither horse wii accept the older mare yet. It's only been 4 days tho. The 10 year old that was bottom of pecking order is now top mare and is pretty much bullying both other horses.
They are all separate at the barn area because of the stalls. They can go on the 3 acre hill during the day together since it's a big open area.
The 10 year old mare kind of charged the 21 year old and kicked at her. Didn't make contact.
Will they all settle in in time??
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Yes, if they've got space to get away from eachother and time to themselves, they're highly likely to settle pretty soon. Depends on their personalities, how stressed they are about the move, how much they're separated, etc, as to how long it might take or whether they do. It's unclear whether they've all been out together on the 3 acres generally, or been mostly separated since you got the old one? They're not likely to sort out their politics if separated, so I'd just turn them all out & let them live together. Keep an eye on things, unless the 10yo is a serious bully - perhaps separate her for a bit if so - but if she's just 'being bossy' and if you've only seen her kick *at* the other horse once without connecting, I wouldn't be worried really.
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Keep an eye on things, unless the 10yo is a serious bully - perhaps separate her for a bit if so - but if she's just 'being bossy' and if you've only seen her kick *at* the other horse once without connecting, I wouldn't be worried really.
I agree. The only time it doesn't work out is when you wind up with two alphas and neither one will back down, and that doesn't seem to be happening in your case. Usually they settle down after a few weeks together, and unless there is an injury more serious than a nip, scrape, or kick, I wouldn't worry about separating them.

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