Now, I don't believe in sticking my nose in other people's horsey business, but a loose horse is an altogether different matter. For the safety of the horse, and everyone on the road, this is one of the few situations where I will act. (Bits, shoes, shows, stalls, spurs, etc. I just keep my mouth shut---bite my tongue---and try to be a good example).
The reaction was hilarious. My boys stood on one side of the pond and would blow, flash and prance, and the new gelding did the same, but on the other side of the pond. None of them ever worked up enough nerve to cross the natural barrier of the pond and say hello. The big chickens!! :)
The little stranger is back safe at home, and was a sweet heart.
(Note: they were all in open pasture, if they had gotten a little rowdy, they would all have had the room to find release. I would not put a strange horse in with mine in an enclosed or confined area).
If you have been blessed, and are privileged to own a horse, you are in possession of a great treasure. Treat it as such. Horsemanship makes the life of the HORSE better. Pass it on!!
Great example of horses being allowed to work it out when a strange horse is introduced:
Thank you as always to those who are showing a better way: