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Introducing a new horse to my herd
I am bringing home a new horse tomorrow. Not sure how I should introduce him to my existing herd. I currently have three geldings and a mare. Mare is the typical sentury rock of the group but very trusting of her boys and is relaxed. Alpha is a 6 y/o off the track TB. Jokester is a 9 y/o curly/TB. Lastly is a 6 y/o drum horse that is currently low man/easy going one. New guy is a 14 y/o Percheron/TB who has a history of being alpha unless there is an established alpha. He will be out during the day with the herd and out at night Only with the drum. I have multiple pastures with some adjoining. Any suggestions as to how to integrate with least Amount of potential issue????? Welcome any help. Thanks tons
"There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it is the risk, the gamble. In any event, it's a thing I need" -William Faulkner
I'd put him in a field by himself (hot wire if thats your only option) until he was calm in his new surroundings. give him some hay so he has something to do.
Then I would add the horse who would be most likely not to be a problem with him- the most subservient one. Add more hay but away from the other horse. Be there to be ready to rescue the added horse if he gets in trouble. Let them work out their issues and learn to get along before you add another. then gradually add one horse at a time.
I have had instances in new settings where it has taken days before I added additional horses to the additional two. So take your time.
Good ideas from Linda. I'd also add one or more piles of hay than horses, just in case one gets posessive, even after they are all together. . Giving the newbee a buddy or two before joining the main herd will help making the blending easier. Having lots of space just in case someone has to make a hasty retreat or stay a distance away for a while is a good thing , too. Good luck .