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        09-15-2013, 08:17 PM
      #161
    Green Broke
    She looks really good ! That's nice to help the 13 yr old. Might give her some confidence being around and working with the horses, just make sure she interacts with people also.
         
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        09-15-2013, 08:38 PM
      #162
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Thats what I'm really hoping. She's a lot like I was at her age (and younger) and horses helped me TREMENDOUSLY. I honestly don't know, and don't want to know, where I would be without horses right now. I'm hoping they can help her the same way they helped me. Plus, Kenzie adores her and Sour is even nicer to her than she is to the typical kid and she's super bright and thoughtful around horses, unlike many careless teenagers that I know.

    She seems fine around other people socially, she's just sort of the type that gets clingy and worries constantly that she's making other people upset and that she'll loose them as friends...which is definitely a self confidence issue. And of course that causes her to be easily influenced by her friends, which could spell trouble if she made the wrong ones. Hopefully as she creates an identity for herself she'll realize that she doesn't need to worry so much about what other people think of her and she'll do just fine!
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        09-16-2013, 02:57 AM
      #163
    Yearling
    Well, with tube wormers yea, all I can say is syringe training.. mine is liquid, it comes cheaper that way, and as its extra disgusting, we just put it in the feed..
    My boys are only picky on their grass/hay. When its buckets, they eat with no arguments. ..

    Horses are amazing help - when something upset me when I was 12-15 I ran to my horse, or sometimes my dog.. then I had that limited, but yesterday me and my friend felt a bit off, like not wanting to do anything, tired and just all Blah. I said, lets go feed the horses.. (as we were playing vollyball and it meant I would be home at dark) and we spent some good time talking with them, and then also doing extra chores for them, and both felt a lot better... and now all my non horse friends here notice, that horses are actually good therapy - you just need to be around them and that's it.
         
        09-16-2013, 11:42 AM
      #164
    Teen Forum Moderator
    I don't think I've seen liquid wormer before! Maybe I just don't pay close enough attention xD I've always used gel/paste. I was even nice and bought apple flavor last time around, but it didn't do a bit of good for Kenzie. Sour on the other hand, looked like a drug addict looking for a fix when she realized that not only was her beloved wormer in the tube, it was also APPLE! Weird, weird horse...she's the only horse I've ever met that actually enjoyed being wormed. She even opens her mouth for it xD

    Yeah, my friends don't understand why I spend so much time with my animals, but when I'm with Kenzie or Sour is really the only time I'm completely relaxed.I just wish I could spend more time with them than I am right now, but with my crazy schedule its just not possible, and unfortunately once they're both moved, I'll probably see even less of them for that reason. Family P's house is a good 20-25 minutes from my house without traffic, versus the 5-6 minutes from my house right now, and the boarding barn that I'm planning to bring Sour to is about the same, maybe a little further...and they're in opposite directions. I'm actually not really sure how I'm going to pull it off. That's a LOT of gas.
         
        09-19-2013, 03:32 PM
      #165
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Alrighty; I found a hay supplier that seems to have some decent costal hay for sale, so I'm arranging to have 50 bales (that's all I can store at once) brought to where she's going to be, and I'm supposed to be meeting with family P early next week to draw up some sort of boarding contract, then we should be good to go. The last thing I need to arrange is trailering, but I think I have someone who can do it for me. I'll have to work around her schedule though.

    We weren't able to really rig much of anything up at Family P's place to separate Kenzie from their two horses while they're meeting each other though; so I'm really not sure what to do. I know its typical for there to be a little bit of kicking/herding/running around while they work out who is in charge and such, but I guess I'm just feeling extra protective. Should I just let her into their pasture and watch them for a while to make sure they aren't going to beat the snot out of each other? Should we introduce them all on lead lines? Put Kenzie in their pasture and introduce them (submissive gelding first, then mare) one at a time? Not bring her until I can afford fence panels or something to rig up an introduction pen for her?

    I plan to, or at least HOPE to, bring her on a day when Family P is home and I'm able to stick around for a few hours to watch her interact with the two big guys before I leave. I've been doing some intense socializing with her and she's been doing pretty well with four herd mates of different genders and different ages where she is now, but there is no doubt that she is the lowest in herd ranking and she spends a lot of her time close to the group but not in the group because boss mare won't let her join the clique xD poor baby. I'm hoping that will help her when I integrate her into Family P's duo though.
         
        09-19-2013, 03:37 PM
      #166
    Weanling
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    Alrighty; I found a hay supplier that seems to have some decent costal hay for sale, so I'm arranging to have 50 bales (that's all I can store at once) brought to where she's going to be, and I'm supposed to be meeting with family P early next week to draw up some sort of boarding contract, then we should be good to go. The last thing I need to arrange is trailering, but I think I have someone who can do it for me. I'll have to work around her schedule though.

    We weren't able to really rig much of anything up at Family P's place to separate Kenzie from their two horses while they're meeting each other though; so I'm really not sure what to do. I know its typical for there to be a little bit of kicking/herding/running around while they work out who is in charge and such, but I guess I'm just feeling extra protective. Should I just let her into their pasture and watch them for a while to make sure they aren't going to beat the snot out of each other? Should we introduce them all on lead lines? Put Kenzie in their pasture and introduce them (submissive gelding first, then mare) one at a time? Not bring her until I can afford fence panels or something to rig up an introduction pen for her?

    I plan to, or at least HOPE to, bring her on a day when Family P is home and I'm able to stick around for a few hours to watch her interact with the two big guys before I leave. I've been doing some intense socializing with her and she's been doing pretty well with four herd mates of different genders and different ages where she is now, but there is no doubt that she is the lowest in herd ranking and she spends a lot of her time close to the group but not in the group because boss mare won't let her join the clique xD poor baby. I'm hoping that will help her when I integrate her into Family P's duo though.
    Maybe she will be smart like my gelding. Whenever he is put with horses he doesn't know he does the baby chew to them. It has worked every single time. First I thought he was a chicken but after thinking it over I think he is pretty smart. By the way he is seventeen but hasn't forgotten how to do the baby chew "I'm just a baby, please don't hurt me."
         
        09-19-2013, 03:44 PM
      #167
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Haha, that is a smart gelding! I'm really hoping she'll do that too if they give her too much of a hard time. So far I've only seen her chew at the boss mare once or twice when boss mare (named Shiner by the way...) really got after her for 'stepping out of line' and approaching the hay too early, but I at least know she knows how to do it. I'm also hoping that Family P's gelding will sort of take her under his wing since he's the sweetie-pie, mares-are-all-from-heaven type guy, but he's super attached to family P's mare so if she decides she doesn't like Kenzie, he might just take her side.
         
        09-19-2013, 05:06 PM
      #168
    Yearling
    Can you get electric tape + post style fencing. I admittedly haven't seen much of it in the States but everyone and their mother uses it in the UK. You basically have strands of electric tape or rope running between posts, which aren't so deeply buried that they can't easily be moved. That is connected to either a battery or the mains, depending on your set up. Stables in the UK like it because it gives them a lot of flexibility to separate horses depending on the social dynamics at the yard.

    Is there anything like that there?
         
        09-19-2013, 05:32 PM
      #169
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Yes, there is electric fencing here, and Family P has some running along the top of their fence around the perimeter as reinforcement, but there is only enough to make the perimeter live; not to divide the pasture into two sections. I'd go out and buy some more electric wire myself, but to be honest I'm broke right now. Two boarding fees and all of the extra rice bran, hay, grain, etc is killing me and I haven't been getting many hours at work lately for whatever reason. If I absolutely have to though, I'll see what I can do.
         
        09-22-2013, 07:23 PM
      #170
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Picturesss :) excuse the huge amount of mud on her legs, I tried to brush it off after the pictures but there is so much of it. We had two days of a LOT of rain which is fantastic but the ground can't handle it and it made a ton of mud that she kindly painted onto her legs. Oh well, at least she's not grey!

    And have I ever mentioned what a SLOWWWWW eater she is? I sit and wait for her to eat while she's in this pen since the fencing isn't safe / the other horses are group fed, and she takes over an hour and a half to finish the 3 lbs of alfalfa pellets, 1 lb of feed, and rice bran...twice a day! I end up just letting her do her thing while I do homework/study on the bench beside her, but the crazy little ADD animal moseys around while chewing, comes and tries to 'visit' with me and rubs food on my homework, and eats in tiiiiny bites. I mean, I guess that's a good thing since she probably wont choke with the way she eats, but goodness girl! And sometimes she'll stand there acting like she's gobbling her food down with her head in the bucket, but I'll go over there to see if she's eating too fast and she is taking the TINIEST little nibbles constantly without lifting her head, and usually has her eyes 3/4 closed like she's sleep-eating and can't believe it tastes so great. LOL.

    And she still insists on picking her grain out of the feed before the alfalfa, which takes her even longer. *sigh* this is going to stink when it starts getting cold O_o

    I think she's going to end up having really long mane though Its grown a LOT in the past few months. Tail is wimpy though. Lol. They're both SUPER soft from the supplements <3


    Eeeek, super ribby when she stretches her neck like this >.> *shoves rice bran down her throat*


    Her tail is going like crazy in these photos because SOMEONE hates fly spray. Sheesh. Look at this picture closely though. Her eyes are closed while she's eating. LOL


    She gets all drowsey eyed when she's eating. Full belly + sun shine on her back + safe from other horses stealing her food = soooo sleepy.


    Click, this is a video. See? Looks like she's inhaling her feed, but she had about that amount of feed in her bucket for like 10 minutes without a change. I have no idea what she's doing xD


    She's just a HAIR under 14hh at the butt now, though!
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