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
- BeverlyLv 67 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.
- TaraLv 78 months ago
Horses do this … however, we had a horse that actually injured another horse badly .
- 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.
- SnezzyLv 78 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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- AmberLv 58 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.
- partly cloudyLv 78 months ago
Leave them alone. They will work out a pecking order in a few days.
- zephania666Lv 78 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.
- Anonymous9 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"?