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Compatible Horses
by Theresa Truscott
Practical steps to help your horses get along
harmonious pasture comes from having compat-
ible mates so make sure you follow some simple
rules to develop this situation.
There should be enough room in the pasture to
allow you to place you hay in several piles. This prevents
horses who are lower in the pecking order from being
driven away from the food by others. Put out seven
piles of hay for six horses, for example, and make sure
you give enough food so that your horses won’t fi ght
over the food.
There is a pecking order that develops in any group
of horses and it is always going to have a horse on the
bottom. This is fi ne as long as that horse isn’t getting
injured. If you fi nd the lowest horse is getting injured
you may have to rearrange your horses.
If you have a gelding that thinks they are a stud you
shouldn’t place this type of a horse in with any mares.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t ever mix mares and
geldings; rather the geldings that exhibit sexual behav-
iour towards the mares should be kept separate. This
sexually aggressive behaviour can be reduced with
medications if you have no other place to put these
horses. You can identify this behaviour if gelding puts
their head down to try to hear the mares or you.
If your facilities mean you must place a new horse
in pasture with others because you have no choice then
you should at least have a pasture that is big enough
to allow the horse to get away if needed. It can’t be
stressed enough that you should make sure you have
safe fences; this is the most important factor.
Although most of the time horses will get along
when they are fi rst introduced it is a good idea introduce
Introducing new horses to the pasture should
new horses early in the day so that you can monitor
be a slow process. It is a good idea to start by hand
them during the daylight hours in case something goes
introducing a horse over the fence provided you have
wrong. That way you can keep an eye on the pasture
the facilities and safe fencing. Also, one idea to try is
during the day.
placing a new arrival in a paddock with a proposed
pasture mate. For example is you have horses A, B and
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C out to pasture and you want to add D then you can
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fi rst place D and C together before adding B and A. This
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way D won’t be treated so badly. Of course, you need to
keep in mind the existing pecking order when choosing
Originally published on Compatible
which one to introduce fi rst.
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