Join Date: May 2016
Location: The boondocks of Kansas
• Horses: 0
Unfortunately too many Shetlands have been purchased by people who know nothing about horses, been terribly mishandled and spoiled, and thus are PIA's to be around. When my daughter was 4 yo and wanted her own "horse" for her size, I lucked out finding a well-trained Shetland mare that took great care of her tiny rider. She was pastured with my working ranch horses and did fine in that herd.
By contrast we now have 2 miniature horses that we would never put in with our riding horses. One of the mini's challenges the alpha mare across the fence, so he'd be in danger out with her if she kicked or ran over him.
In your little herd of 2, the mare is alpha so he moves out of her way-----this is normal horse hierarchy behavior where the dominant horse will push the subordinate horse around. Unless she is kicking and biting the Shetland to the point he is covered in marks, it's not a concern. Just make sure to fed them separately for grain if they do get any so he gets his fair share and that you put out several piles of hay so she can't run him off of all of it. Watch that he gets a chance to drink too since some horses will guard the water tank.