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post #1 of 11 Old 06-18-2012, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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new horse is afraid of stall

We brought home a new horse this weekend. He's a 20 year old QH, sweet and well trained. At his old place he was on 24/7 turnout, and their run-in was pretty much open on all sides. My place has a large paddock connected to the barn, with 3 stalls opening onto the shared paddock. There's no run-in since they are free to wander in and out of their stalls all day.

So new horse is used to being in the open, and he's afraid to be in his stall b/c he can't see my other horse. My mare spends the hottest part of the day in her stall b/c there's ceiling fans as well as stall fans. So I'm afraid of new horse getting too much sun b/c he won't go in. Parts of the paddock are shaded at certain times of day, but there are no trees. He won't eat in the stall, I have to put his pan in the doorway so he can stick his head in and still be outside.

Any suggestions? Should I just give him time? I thought I would gradually move his pan farther in.

Odd thing is he'll go into my mare's stall, but won't stay any length of time. He went in, licked her feed pan, and came back out.
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-18-2012, 10:54 AM
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I'm not sure 'afraid' is the right word. It's a completely new situation for him, and he's being cautious. Horses don't like change, they like routine.

He may or may not eventually get used to being stalled. If he's in his 20s and never been stalled before, it might just be too confining for him.
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Could you install bars or a window between the stalls?
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Remy, I'd at least give him some more time to adjust. He's not young and I'm sure the whole "stall" thing is confusing. I'm also pretty positive he'll figure it out (I assume you don't lock the stalls).

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I agree with the others. He's used to being outside and free, and now he's being in confinement. I hope he adjusts or else you might need to give him as much turnout as possible. Good luck :).
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Could you install bars or a window between the stalls?
Originally I wanted to put bars when we built the barn. The contractor told me I couldn't because it was a load bearing wall for the apartment that's above the barn.
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Remy, I'd at least give him some more time to adjust. He's not young and I'm sure the whole "stall" thing is confusing. I'm also pretty positive he'll figure it out (I assume you don't lock the stalls).
No, I won't confine them unless I have to for some reason.
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I was told he showed alot in his youth, so I'm sure he was stalled at some point. I was thinking he just needed to settle in - but I boarded my horses until this year, so I like to get input from people who probably know more than me!
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How is the lighting in the stall? Even if it seems okay to you, perhaps you could try a clamp light in the stall.

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