Georgie asked in PetsHorses · 9 months ago

Protective horse in field?

Looking for advice as have recently bought a new horse and finally worked up the guts to put together with another horse and pony in a field. The two horses are get along very well but as soon as the pony is added into the mix he scares of the new horse. We have tried catching the pony and leading him in the field while the other two are roaming around and it went well but when the pony was released he immediately scared of the new one! Any advice on how to make them get along? They have all been hacked out together and are fine, we ideally don’t want to have them in separate fields but will do that if the problem isn’t solved. Any help is appreciated! Xx

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  • 7 months ago

    If it is just scaring it off without the horse running into fences, biting or running the weight off of the horse then I would just leave it alone for a while and see if they settle in together. Horses will set a pecking order, during feeding a dominant horse or pony in your case will run off another from the food and such, if this is the case and the horse is missing meals then separate them. Not much you can do.

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  • Tara
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Horses do this … however, we had a horse that actually injured another horse badly .

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  • 8 months ago

    You are more worried about it than the two horses. They know how to work it out together. Just let them be horses.

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  • Snezzy
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    The game is called "Who's in charge here?" and in a memorable version of it at our place the pony won, flattening a 16 hh horse. Tipped him right over.

    You don't need to do anything.

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  • Amber
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    This is common horse dynamics. Leave them alone and let them sort it out themselves. You don't need to protect them, lock them up close to each other, or interfere in anyway.

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  • 8 months ago

    Leave them alone. They will work out a pecking order in a few days.

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  • 8 months ago

    This is pretty much standard horse behavior. Herd dynamics. They have to figure out who's the boss - the pony wants to be, and if the smaller one is scaring off the larger one, it sounds like the horse doesn't want to be. This will resolve itself quickly.

    As long as they're not physically hurting each other just leave them be. They'll work it out. Keep out of it. They'll soon all be grazing happily together.

    Even a few kicks and bites are no big deal. Sustained severe attacks are different, but if that happens, you should still keep out of it for your own safety. Since you've had them together riding and so on, it doesn't sound like this is happening.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Let them work out the order of things.

    Horses are herd animals and feel safer in numbers. They will figure out who is the lead and who will feel safer following.

    What specifically do you mean by "not get along"?

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