Hi all. I have made my move to NC, and despite some serious delays in getting Cooper, he has been here since Monday afternoon.
At his old barn he was turned out during the day, turned in his stall at night.
When he got here I kept him stalled for 24 hours. Then the next day I let him graze with the two other horses for 1/2 day. When I take him back to the barn (the other horses stay out 24/7) he freaks. Kicks at the stall door, paces, whinnys at the horses. When I took him out yesterday morning he hadnt touched his water, or his breakfast feed and hay. I left him in there for about 45 min after I threw him hay and feed. I let him out in the pasture and he did drink from the water trough and munched grass. He was left out all day. When he came in he ate his breakfast for dinner. Though again, he did not touch his water. This morning same thing. Didnt eat his feed or hay. And by the way, his hay hadnt been touched from the night before.
I'm concerned he'll get dehydrated. What do you suggest I do? He's a completely different horse in the stall. A little dangerous. How long should I give him to adjust? Should I just leave him out 24/7? If I do, there is nowhere to feed him seperately, and the others don't get feed or hay.
Also, how long should I wait to ride him? He's calm in the pasture, but his tack is by the barn. I am concerned about trying to tack him up there, he's a beast after leaving the horses. Should I just keep on my schedule or just leave him where he's most comfortable.
Also, i'm concerned bc there is a pond in the pasture. The other horses drink from it. It makes me cringe bc its green and stagnant. My fiance said he saw him drink from it. So im really concerned that he's not touching his water in his stall. What should I do?