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        03-25-2013, 03:34 PM
      #2931
    Green Broke
    Meh Lizzy has been in a stall for a minimum of 18 hours a day since December. She loves it, stuffs her face full of food all night long. When it was really cold or just bad weather she would stay in. She was currently on stall rest again since Friday and just got to go back out today and she was fine all weekend. Didn't make much of a fight as long as she had hay and water. They adjust just fine.
         
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        03-25-2013, 06:16 PM
      #2932
    Yearling
    I suggest getting a stall toy just in case he gets bored, Saranda. Like a tongue roller or something so he can amuse himself, but as Poppy said I think that he will be ok :)
         
        03-26-2013, 02:48 AM
      #2933
    Super Moderator
    Thanks, guys... I hate being so nervous, but I can't help myself. Snickers will get a jolly ball in his stall, carrots hidden in his haynet and apples to bob for in his water bucket.
         
        03-26-2013, 07:17 AM
      #2934
    Green Broke
    Lizzy would be pissed if I poisoned her food with carrots and apples lol. She will take treats but only after dinner and they cannot touch her other food.

    As long as he has hay he will be fine. I stuff about 20-30lbs of hay in Lizzy's hay net at night and sometimes she will actually manage to finish most of it. I will say she has gained a substantial amount of weight being in a stall at night. Which is what I wanted for her but Snickers might need to have that managed a little more.
         
        03-26-2013, 07:27 AM
      #2935
    Super Moderator
    Well, he'll be definitely getting a lot more exercise than he's getting now - an indoor arena is a huge benefit for that. He's a good-doer, but I hope that weight management won't be too big of an issue, and soon they will get out in the 24/7 pastures anyway. Might take some time to understand how much hay he needs to graze through the night, however.
         
        03-26-2013, 07:31 AM
      #2936
    Green Broke
    I would just get a slow feed hay net and have a friend help you stuff as much hay in as you can. You can never have too much when they are stalled. You don't want them standing there without food. If he doesn't finish it all just fill the net back up ontop of the uneaten hay. Some days Lizzy will finish it all and some days she won't so I always just make sure it is as full as I can get it. She actually prefers to eat out of the hay bag then the ground.

    If it seems he is eating a lot and gaining to much weight you can get two nets and fill one with the usual good hay then fill the other with lesser quality hay as more of chewing filler. So that way you can lessen the good hay but he will still have something to munch on and keep him happy.
         
        03-26-2013, 07:35 AM
      #2937
    Super Moderator
    Thanks for the advice. :) I already got two haynets for him, and one of my friends who is moving to this barn with her horse along with me, lives just 10 minutes from the barn and will help out with filling the nets. The BO herself swears that she's feeding the horses sufficient amounts of hay and they often still have hay left in the mornings, but we'll see how it proves. True, all the horses in the barn look very healthy and well nourished.
         
        03-26-2013, 08:05 AM
      #2938
    Green Broke
    Lol that could go the wrong way though. For a horse that's used to being outside 24/7 moving around, getting plenty of hay he could plump out. We have two icelandic ponys coming in a month and one of the requirements was that we don't feed to much hay lol.
         
        03-28-2013, 07:50 PM
      #2939
    Super Moderator
    Yay, so happy right now!

    I've been training groundwork to a young mare, who was almost untouched when I first met her. She had been owned by the gypsies who trained her to tolerate a rider at walk and trot, but she had been taught no ground manners at all, and, regarding the riding part - she was really just tolerating a rider, being very stressful and not trusting at all. After she was bought by her new owner, I was asked to help out, and it's been several lessons now, in which I've been desensitizating her to ropes, whips and unusual objects, dealing with her headshyness, teaching her about personal space, walking in hand, disengaging fore- and hindquarters, backing up, being sensitive to pressure in the rope halter, backing up and the very basics of ground driving.

    She's really a golden girl, very curious and a fast learner, just hadn't been given a chance to prove herself up to now. And today her owner shared with me that the BO of the barn where the mare is being kept, had advised the owner to get me coming to the mare more often, as her attitude and behavior appears to have hugely improved since the lessons started, and she's said to be visibly calmer and more trusting after I've visited her.

    I can't even think of a better feedback! She's my first greenbroke horse whom I've been training from a zero with no assistance at all, so hearing how she's progressing in her everyday life by somebody who isn't directly involved with me, puts a huge smile on my face!
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        04-02-2013, 02:15 AM
      #2940
    Super Moderator
    How are you all, 20-somethings? Been some time since anyone last wrote here - except myself. How's the weather? I can't believe it, but it is STILL snowing here and temperatures are still a little below zero (by Celsius) - and it's April! It feels as if the spring isn't coming at all.

    And so, I moved Snickers to the new barn. We had to wait quite a time before loading, because two other horses were moving before us, and one of them had severe loading issues. But, when our time came, Snickers just followed me in the trailer like a champ and off we went. I was able to see him in the trailer via a GoPro camera that was installed above him, and he was a good boy while being trailered, too - just a little bit of pawing when we stopped and a little bit of neighing when he got impatient.

    He has accepted being stalled overnight well, and is currently turned out in a large paddock with his two other buddies from the previous barn. Yesterday a beautiful, HUGE mare was let in with them and she really took liking in Snickers, so they both frolicked and flirted around for a while. We later went on our first trail ride, followed by the mares' rider, and Snickers did his best to show off and act as a stud around her. He was very feisty on this ride, but we managed to keep our calm - most of the time - and the experience was nice, except for one stretch of canter when he tried to get off in gallop, so I had to get rather strong with my cues to slow him down. We hadn't ridden in a while and he was a bit too full of energy...

    Also, he got to meet a tiny pony stud - the little thing is no larger than a Shetland, but I don't know his breed. Snickers was amazed, as he had never seen such a small, horselike thing, and pranced around him with an arched neck like a stud himself, trying to get a hold of the pony and sniff him. The pony, bless him, did everything in his power to freak Snicks out as much as he could.

    So, overall, it is going well, but I sure hope that pasture season comes soon and horses won't be stalled overnight anymore. The people in the barn seem to be nice, too.

    Don't have any pictures yet, though. :)
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