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post #1 of 6 Old 06-06-2011, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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Abby won't eat her hay unless I'm right there

We bought Abby 8 days ago, and she just got to our place Friday (3 days ago). She had been in a pasture with her brother and a bunch of other horses, then she was taken to my trainer's with her brother (Gibbs in my horses). When we brought her here, I separated Abby and Gibbs.

Now Abby won't eat her hay, unless I'm sitting right there. She might take one bite, but then she walks off and stands at the fence staring at my pasture ponies.

I've heard of horses becoming narcoleptic when leaving a herd, because there's no guard horse to make them feel safe. This is not an issue with Abby, it's just the hay thing.

Does anyone have any tips on how to make her feel safer? Or do you think the issue is something else, or that she'll just get over it?

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You already summed it up. She's at a new place, alone & is only comfortable with you standing guard. She needs another horse or horses. Even another horse close in an adjoining paddock will help.
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Thank you. She has horses on either side of her, so I'm hoping she'll get better about it.

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I've heard of horses becoming narcoleptic when leaving a herd, because there's no guard horse to make them feel safe. This is not an issue with Abby, it's just the hay thing.
Narcolepsy is uncontrollable falling asleep I think you mean insomnia. She should settle in fine but it is always nice when they can have a buddy at least close by.
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Thank you, Masquerade. I couldn't remember the word I needed last night

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Thank you. She has horses on either side of her, so I'm hoping she'll get better about it.
She will. She just needs to become familiarized with her new home, owner, and living situation.

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