Introducing a New Horse to the Herd | The Need To Knows
Introducing a New Horse to the Herd
Congratulations! You’ve just bought a new horse. Whether it is your first, a second one to be a buddy to an “only” horse, or another to add to your ever-growing herd, be prepared to introduce him to his new home correctly.
If you are bringing him home to join your existing herd, have a place prepared for him so he can be by himself the first week or so. It is not advisable to just let him loose with the other horses right away. While horses are herd animals, they are not quick to let in a new member. By keeping the new guy separate, yet near enough so he can see, hear, and smell the others, your chances of a successful introduction increase.
If you don’t have a separate paddock area already, you can easily make one with electric fencing. Tape, braid and rope are easy to work with, as you can easily unroll the spool by putting it on a broom handle and walk it out. Without much time and effort, you can fence off a corner of an already existing area. A few T-posts can be sunk in a short amount of time to mount the fence on. Make these posts safer by putting a T-post sleeve or post cap on them…
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