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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
She has always been fed seperately by us, but I'm not sure about when she was with her previous owner for almost a year. When she was found she was the only one on the paddock, but there were other horses on site that she could have been fed with.
At meal time my usual routine is to soak her feed while I go to feed Sour, catch and tie Kenzie (or put her in the panelled feeding pen if I can't watch her. She takes her sweet time eating and will take nearly 45 minutes to down 2 pounds of feed and 2 pounds of alfalfa pellets) and let her eat, then release her back into her other pen when she's done. I usually muck while she's eating, or do homework. Even when she was with Ginger, her pasture buddy, I fed her seperately though, because Ginger is very food dominant and would definitely take her food too.
Now that I think of it though, it really does seem like it could be nerves. She is in sight of the other mares (Ginger and Jasmine, the two who were beating up on her and shunning her) when she eats though, so maybe they're giving her the stink eye while she's munching, which causes her to get upset? Poor little gal just doesn't fit in with anyone! I'll try 'protecting' her tomorrow while she's eating and see if it makes a difference. BO might laugh at me, and the guys definitely will, but they can get over themselves xD
I really wish I could find a horse she got along really well with. I'd put her with Peppin, who she originally came with, but he's 1/2 blind and also tends to play pretty rough (21 month old colt...gotta love him xD) so he's been booted out with the big boys to learn his manners, and we just don't have any other young ones on the property for her. Ginger tolerates her and Kenzie seemed to like her well enough, but Ginger, as I said, is very 'alpha horse' and if its more than the two of them things just don't go well. All of our other mares a big poo heads when it comes to new herd members too :/ maybe if I put her in with our pony? Kenzie doesn't play rough at all and I don't see her do more than a canter lap or two when dinner comes or when she first comes out of her panel pen, but I'd still worry that she'd kick a mini.
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