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        11-09-2010, 11:03 AM
    New mare will only eat if I'm nearby?

    Ok, I've owned and been around horses for nearly 30 years and this has me stumped.

    Cinder is a 5 y.o. Perch/tb cross. She's been with her breeder her whole life minus 30 days when she went to a trainer. She is pastured by herself, I'm working on a companion for her right now.

    I have noticed she will only eat her grain (alfalfa pellets/safe choice mix) and her hay (excellent quality alfalfa) only if I'm standing nearby. As soon as I walk away, she does too. She's a touch overweight but I don't like the idea of her stressed, she has only been here two days.

    Do I entertain it and stay til she's finished?
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        11-09-2010, 11:06 AM
    You're her herd at the moment. If you walk away, so will she. It's not that she doesn't want her food, it's just that she feels safer when she's with someone.

    She'll eventually eat it. There's no reason to humor her and stand there until she's finished.

    I'm glad that you're getting another horse. They're not meant to live alone.
        11-09-2010, 11:11 AM
    Rook won't eat if he senses that I'm upset or if I take Rosie out before he's done eating. So poor Rose has to stand in her stall until he's done (he eats so danged slow) or I have to get out of the barn until both of them are done if I'm upset over anything. If by chance it's cold and raining and I leave them inside at night, he either won't eat while I'm there or stops eating for a little bit when I get ready to leave. He will have it finished by the time I get back in the morning though. He also has the habit of getting a few bites of grain, then a drink of water, then a bite of hay. He hardly stands still when he's eating. Good luck on figuring it out. If at all possible and you haven't already tried, you might want to leave it where he can get to it, and check back in within a couple of hours to see if he's touched it. I've also started giving Rook Vita-Calm. He has started to eat more of his grain before he starts switching back and forth.
        11-09-2010, 11:22 AM
    Her hay is gone by the time I go check her in the morning but not her grain.

    It makes sense about the herd idea and I had considered it but figured I was overthinking things lol.
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