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.