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brook

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brook says:

Introducing my new horse to others

Hi everyone, I have just been to view a lovely Welsh Sec D gelding for the 2nd time and Subject to vetting I'm very serious about buying him. My biggest concern is that he has always been turned out in a seperate paddock, he has other horses around him so he has company but he has never mixed with others in the same field. I will be keeping him at my friends private yard, she has two paddocks and likes to alternate between the two, but has said that she would section off a part for him. I would like him to mix with her two geldings as they are both placid types, but I'm worried that he might really hurt one of them. Does anyone have any experience of a horse who likes his own space or any advice on how to approach this one.  

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*Raychel*&*Gally*

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Re: Introducing my new horse to others

Hi, Id fence him seperately until you get to know him, and he has said hello to the others over the fence. Just make sure if they lift a leg up they wont get tangled, so mite be worth watching them until they settle down. Then when he seems fine with them over the fence (this may take a week or so) then put him in a large area with the least dominant horse, id just leave them for a bit, not all day. Then gradually increase the time, then change to the other horse. Then when he has met both put him in with both horses. When putting him with one make sure their is hay/ grass available in more then two places so there arent fights over it. xx

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kirstyndshaky

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Re: Introducing my new horse to others

as long as theyve got grass and water they shouldnt have anyhting to fight over (unless theres a real personality clash,unlikely if the other 2 are placid) ive always just turned shaky out instantly (after isolation) and although theres been kicks and bites i think he would be worse if he could see other horses but not play, and he'd prob get himslef hurt on the fencing, but its down to the horse.

 

could u maybe turn them out together for an hour or so and stay to watch?(take a picnic-its only january!!lol!) they might settle quickly in which case u could prob leave him, or if they dont settle take him out and do the same again another day until they do settle. is this the one who was gelded late??(sorry,just being nosy!)

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Introducing my new horse to others

When I first got my old pony Magic he had lived on his own for years, we then had to move him as the place was being sold! I was a bit worried about him mixing with the others, he was a rig and very very dominant but actually everything was fine! Lots of sqealing and running around but fine! (Other than he wouldn't let the other owners catch their horses - he was a bit of a beast!) Horses are herd animals they are happiest in groups and they instinctively know that they have to stick together, injury free to stay alive so they rarely fight as it wouldn't achieve anything. In my experience they do ther intial squealing and stuff while your watching but generally they sort out whose who and whos boss when no-body is around! I agree you shoudl let them get to know each other over a fence for a day or so and then introduce him to the least dominant horse 1st. Once they have settled you can strat introducing more horses, again in leadership order so the original boss goes in last! Try not to worry though I have never had any issues introducing horses to each other so I'm sure it will be fine! Good luck with the vetting, let us know how it goes!

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equi

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equi says:

Re: Introducing my new horse to others

Just doing what has been said will be good.

 

Make sure you spend a lot of time with him though so he doesnt become too attatched. My TB was in with about 14 horses and was fine being taken away from them all for a while but when i got him home and he just had one other horse he became a nightmare and cant be left alone too long or hell hurt himself and go mad.

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natalie.123

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natalie.123 says:

Re: Introducing my new horse to others

So glad you have found another horsey to give ur love to.  I would agree with everyone else about seperate to start to get them used to seeing and hearing each other then let them in together and see.  Lots of charging about is bound to ensue but it may only last 5 min, if not and he wont settle then at least you know.  nat x

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Faron

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Faron says:

Re: Introducing my new horse to others

Section D's are amazing! Congratuations. Is there a reason he isn't normally in a field with others? I agree with everyone else. Section off part of a field and let him be introduced over the fence then maybe after a week let them in together but supervised. Three geldings really shouldn't be a problem though because they have no ladies to fight over. You must be very excited!

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Introducing my new horse to others

Hi everyone, thank you all so much for the great advice. In answer to your question Kirsty, he is'nt the one that was gelded late, he is 7 years old, 8 in June and was bred at the Glanteifi Stud in Wales, he has only had one home since then. The reason that his owner keeps her horses in seperate paddocks is because one got badly kicked and they found out that his leg was actually broken. She does'nt put back shoes on them either, so I can understand why she is so cautious. He is being vetted next week, so hopefully I can bring him home soon if all is well !

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Faron

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Faron says:

Re: Introducing my new horse to others

That's a very good reason to keep them separate! I have read so many stories about kicks and such where serious damage is done. Risky business! Make sure you take loads of pics and put them up for us to see him!

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kirstyndshaky

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Re: Introducing my new horse to others

aww!fingers crossed for the vetting!!

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