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post #1 of 3 Old 07-02-2011, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question My mare is being afraid of dark?

Since it's hot outside I let horses out in the late evening. Pony doesn't care, but mare seems to be worried. She keeps looking around, over the fence if someone is there and she snorts and that stuff. Doesn't do it when the sun is up :P She starts to gallop and kick around and every circle she stops at doors. She whinies/calls us to come for her.
If I'm in the field (I'm used to sit there and watch them for hours, or have someone with me and chat) then she comes to me and just stands there. She wants a scratch from time to time, but she doesn't move away from the chair and people, she doesn't graze, just stands there and doesn't want to leave. It's very funny :P She does that all the time she's out when it's dark. That means she stands there for few hours...


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post #2 of 3 Old 07-02-2011, 05:03 PM
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there is a possibility that she is not recognizing the pasture as her own. Are you letting them out after the sun is mostly down? If so, I'd advise in trying to adapt her slowly. Turn them out about two hours before dark for two or three days and allow her to adjust as the sun sets on his own. A few days later, turn them out one hour before. After 4 days or so, go back to turning them out at dusk. It may be as simple as that.

Horses rely on routine, and your mare may just be one of those extra finicky ones who don't deal with change well at all. Move her in to the new routine slowly. Not knowing where you are because everything looks different can be scary!

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No, I let them out at 8 pm, so it's still light out there. She is calm till around 9.30 when it's becoming dark.
She hates changes otherwise :P So it probably is problem in this. Well, I guess she'll adjust in time.


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