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    04-06-2012, 11:58 AM
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Foal
Unhappy HELP! New Horse Problems

We just bought a new horse for our daugter and are keeping her at a riding barn. She is in a paddock by herself because she is on a different hay from the other horses and I don't want her to colic since the change needs to be slow. She has been with us less than a week and did well the first couple of days. Now all she does is pace up and down the fence and call to her friends when they are away from her. She is eating her grain but not hay or grass. I am so worried that she is going to hurt herself or make herself sick. She does fine when we take her out to ride, but the minute we put her back, she is back at the fence. I don't think she is sleeping either. I feel so bad, but don't know what to do short of putting another horse in with her, which I can't do. Please help. Thanks
     
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    04-06-2012, 11:59 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Is there a way you can put a horse in the paddock next to her? She seems to havr bonded with the othere horses and is being buddy sour
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    04-06-2012, 12:04 PM
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Foal
Unhappy

The paddock she is in is right next to the big pasture so the others can come right up and talk to her. That is the problem, she is a dominant horse and wants to be with them so when they leave her and go out into the pasture, she gets upset.
     
    04-06-2012, 12:05 PM
  #4
Showing
Why can't you put another horse in with her?
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    04-06-2012, 12:11 PM
  #5
Foal
For one thing, I can't afford two horses in there and the other is the hay. She is on a completely different kind from the other horses at the barn. If she had been on the same, she would have been in the pasture or with another horse. I can't change the hay quickly or she'll colic. I plan on changing her over slowly but until then, I need to solve this problem.
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    04-06-2012, 02:16 PM
  #6
Yearling
Changing the hay will not colic a horse unless you are changing to a high powered hay like alfalfa too quickly. You can completely change between different types of grass hays however from one feeding to the next and it will not affect normal horses.
     
    04-06-2012, 02:17 PM
  #7
Green Broke
You could try mixing it in half and half our horses have never had a problem switching over fairly quickly.
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    04-06-2012, 02:36 PM
  #8
mls
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Originally Posted by lwphillips70    
For one thing, I can't afford two horses in there and the other is the hay. She is on a completely different kind from the other horses at the barn. If she had been on the same, she would have been in the pasture or with another horse. I can't change the hay quickly or she'll colic. I plan on changing her over slowly but until then, I need to solve this problem.
I've run a boarding facility for many years. I can count on one hand the number of people who brought hay or grain to transisition the horse. Never had ONE colic while they were adjusting to the new feeds.
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    04-06-2012, 02:45 PM
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Trained
I have never heard of transitioning hay either. THat is a new one by me. Sounds a bit buddy sour-she will be fine, as long as she doesn't decide to go over or thru the fence.....which one of mine has always done when being transitioned....he wanted it quicker, that's all.

Good luck, but without a companion, she will call....but at least she is getting her exercise!
     
    04-06-2012, 02:53 PM
  #10
Started
I would worry about the horse becoming really buddy sour if this is how she is acting now. But that's just me.
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