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  • I just moved my horse to a new barn and he is stressed

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    10-09-2009, 05:55 PM
Green Broke
Going from Turnout to Stalled

I moved Thunder to the new barn last month and he is doing wonderfully. He has been turned out in his paddock 24/7 for a month and loves it. Since the weather is turning bad, he is being brought in sometimes to his stall. The first time and only time it happened he was scraping the wood on the outside of the stall through the window. I of course don't want him to be stressed going from being out to being confined, should I ease him into the stall thing? Like keep him in there for an hour or so and then put him back out? Any suggestions?
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    10-09-2009, 08:37 PM
I would maybe show him that a stall is not so bad. I think having in there for an hour or so would be good. Maybe go in there and groom him and let him see that good things happen to him in there.
Maybe even go out and buy him a toy or two to help him occupy his time.
    10-09-2009, 08:46 PM
I just moved my horse to a new barn as well, and the whole time before that he was outside 24/7. Now he is in 10-12 hours and out 10-12 hours. I was really worried about him, bought him tons of toys, then come to find out he seems fine so far :) He won't even touch his toys lol! I still keep an eye on him, but so far so good. Probably your boy will get used to it after a while. I'm sure he would rather be toasty warm in his stall snoozing instead of outside in the freezing rain ;) If you're still worried then I would definitely agree with the above posts. Hope this helps! =]
    10-09-2009, 09:27 PM
Does he have food in his stall? My horses are perfectly happy as long as they have food in front of them, but they go stark raving mad if they don't. Horses get bored easily. Maybe try putting one of those Likit things in his stall? They make flavored mineral blocks you can hang in the stall too. My big guy loves them.
    10-09-2009, 09:41 PM
Oh the likit reminded me!
Gem sometimes gets a Uncle Jimmy's hanging ball in his stall. Its such a great thing, he will stand there for hours trying to get it. Its a great thing to have and it consumes their time.
Just watch out, it tends to get their face all dirty and sticky.
    10-09-2009, 10:38 PM
Yeah I put a lik-it and a jollyball in his stall and he didn't touch either, so he can't be too bored lol ;) But some people at the barn have to replace their poines lik-it once every 1-2 weeks; some horses just LOVE them!
    10-09-2009, 11:46 PM
Green Broke
Tahnks guys!! He likes his jollyball, and I just bought a pacifier for his stall, hope he likes it! Thanks again.

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