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post #1 of 6 Old 12-08-2011, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Help Seperating Them

So, we had to move recently and our old neighbor was nice enough to keep my QH, Star at his house (he had 7 acres and a stable) while we moved and found a boarding barn here.

He has a mule named Francis, and they have gotten very attached; but we have to separate them so we can bring Star to a local boarding barn.

Currently, she is 3 hours away, and apparently they are always together. They share a corral, they graze together, and Star was separated from a horse when the person we bought her from rescued her, she was separated again when we bought her from, and yet again when we kept one of our friends' horse's for a month.

She has been their for about 2 months (i've had a few chances to see her since then) i miss her tons!

What are some ways i can help her separate from the mule? There will be horses at her boarding barn (it's residential) and she will be able to be with them.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-08-2011, 09:08 PM
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First step, put the halter on the horse.
Second, lead horse to gate.
Third, open gate.
Fourth, load horse
Fifth, drive away.

But joking aside, they'll be fine. They'll call, but they'll get over it. When she meets her new friends she'll probably forget her old buddy. If you mean she's buddy sour and is going to have abnormal problems that's a whole nother thing
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-08-2011, 11:57 PM
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She'll be fine, it's the mule who will be more upset.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-10-2011, 10:37 AM
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When I first bought my mare, oh so many moons ago, she had to leave some barn buddies she grew up with...for years. She was quite upset for about 3 days, calling and whinnying all day and night. It almost seemed like she never slept! I was worried about her. She went off her feed for the entire first day. But, after about 3 days, she calmed down and stopped calling. We gave her a lot of extra attention and let the dogs have access to the corral (they like to lay outside of her stall and just keep her company). She was fine. After about a month, we got my gelding and they have been bff's for years now. They do adjust. :)
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-10-2011, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by TKButtermilk View Post
First step, put the halter on the horse.
Second, lead horse to gate.
Third, open gate.
Fourth, load horse
Fifth, drive away.
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You forgot to mention to close the gate

Anyways, it should be fine. I separated my gelding from his herd of 40 he had been with for 8 years. And he was just fine. Chances are, the only reason he/she is hanging out with the mule is because it is their only companionship. And horses are herd animals. If all they had was a cat for a companion, they'd be attached to them too.

I'd be more concerned about that poor mule being by itself afterwards

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-10-2011, 07:49 PM
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To ease separation anxiety, park the trailer a few hundred yards or so away. Walk Star toward the trailer and when she gets anxious, walk her back toward the mule, then back toward the trailer. She will start going a little farther and he will become less anxious. It may take half an hour or so of walking back and forth but by the time you load Star it will be less stressful on both. By doing this your are creating stress, then release, stress, release. Animals figure out the stress isn't so back if there's release.
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