Originally Posted by speedy da fish
my horse, I got yesterday is in the field. He grazed non stop for about 2 hours and now he's galloping around and he's been doing this since 10 this morning its now half 12 :s
I think he's just unsettled being in a strange place, how long will it take him to settle?
Oh and he has to stay in all day tommorow
Is he by himself?
Horses are herd animals by nature and should always have some type of companion whether it be a pony, goat, or another horse. Without really seeing the situation I can only come to some guesses
1) He's lonely and wants a companion, and his galloping around is him trying to find another "herd" to join
2) He's never been in a large pasture (my horse did this when I bought him...he was kept in a stall all his life and when I turned him outside in a large pasture he ran for hours)
3) Something is frightening him whether it be the new place or the scary horse eating patch of grass in the pasture or something like that
Is he calling out also? How is his body? Tense? Head arched? Eyes wide?
As for how long will it take until he settles in, it totally depends on the horse. Some horses it takes a few minutes, others it can take as long as a month to set in.
Why does he have to stay in all day tomorrow? Best thing in my opinion that is, is to keep them outside where it's natural for them and healthier for them :)
Best of luck to you!