Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Together at Last

What's the saying, two's company, three's a crowd. The same goes with horses. Introducing a new horse into the herd needs to be done with caution. Especially when you are going from two to three. With two, it can be easy for them to gang up on one. Knowing my critters, I didn't want to rush the issue. 


We wanted to make sure Red was good and halter broke before we started the processes. Then if something went south, we at least had a chance to get ahold of him. Having them across the fence from each other for the past month really eased the process. 


Before we ever kicked a horse in with him, we walked Red around the permitter of the corral so he had his bearings. Then we kicked just Mollie in with him for a day. Being a mare she can really stir the pot with other horses. But she has been spayed, so she doesn't seem have as much effect on geldings as other mares do. They got along just fine. 


Then we kicked her out. 


And put Chief in. He is actually the chief of the herd. He pushes Mollie around and made known, right away, to Red who was boss. But with a corral this size, Red had plenty of room to run if need be. Most horses aren't out right mean to others, they just want to make sure everyone knows who's boss. 


Content. 

Red is definitely low man on the totem pole. But they are all going to get along just fine. I'm actually glad to have three horses around. Now if I take Chief out for brandings, Mollie can just hang tight with Red. All is good. We've been bending and sending him, and doing other forms of ground work. The saddle is really not too far away. We'll just have to see what time allows for. However, now that they are all together, there's no rush. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I love the pragmatic approach

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