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        09-10-2012, 10:38 AM
      #11
    Showing
    I used the yo-yo effect of leaving and returning as I'd sold my old horse's buddy. He also had another buddy so I wasn't leaving him alone. He was too old to be running the fences so as soon as he started to call we brot the other horse back. It took us about 45 min of walking farther away and returning before the old fellow joined his other pal and began grazing. The horse was loaded out of sight and was gone. All remained well at home.
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        09-16-2012, 09:31 AM
      #12
    Foal
    I made my pasture into three. So theres a bottom, a middle, and a top. And I blocked the bottom, and the middle and the top, so when they are in the top and bottom they cannot see each other. I put Ayla and mackenzie down below and locked them down there, so they can't even see bella. Bella is up top. Ayla has impressed me so far...
    The first day she would hollar back to bella. But its been 3-4 days, and she doesnt even lift her head or go to see if she can see her anymore.even at night when I rotate them, so bella can have grass ....they pass each other, bella goes down and ayla doesnt even look to go down with her at all. I bring them in the barn without bringing bella up first. And feed them...ayla doesnt look outside for her. Now when I bring her up into the barn (bella) ayla does nicker to her when she comes in. But its going more well that I thought it would.
    Also the second weekend of sept, there was a horse show we took them to. I took ayla outside without bella there. Once we get outside she wont eat grass, she just hollars and looks towards the barn. My friend brought out her horse, and came over and ate with us.... they sniffed noses, and that was it, she stopped hollaring, she was taking grass out of his mouth....she forgot about bella until we walked back into the barn.... so I am very impressed. She's doing much better.
    And its good cause they are starting to build bellas barn soon.....about a mile downt the road...so...the time is coming
         
        10-29-2012, 09:25 PM
      #13
    Foal
    update

    Update:
    She's doing Awesome!
    She has come a long way. I can oput Bella out of the barn and leave Ayla in with mackenzie , and she is absolutely fine! Even when bella is outside I can put Ayla on the crossties, with no problems, cause before she used to wanna turn around and panic cause she couldn't see her. She will leave without her, go outside without her. Its pretty good I must say. She cam a long way from what she was. Patience, and determination, and mackenzies help too I believe,

    And Bella is moving to her own house next weekend.....and iam not so nervous about her leaving.
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        10-29-2012, 09:57 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I wean all my foals alone.. I've tried a lot of different things.. doing weaning buddies so they arent alone etc. I've found that the BEST way for me is to wean them alone in a stall with no contact with other horses... Why? So they bond to me. I bring them their food.. all their attention.. scratches etc... I think this is important in a horses life later on... learning to be alone.. yes they are herd creatures but until they've HAD to be alone.. they are never OK with it if they've never been exposed to it. Using this method I have sound mind foals who never fuss when taken away from their buddies. Your going to IMO put this horse in an isolated firm strong stall.. and do not allow her time with other horses until she is no longer fretting it. She will probably.. kick. Scream.. and be upset. She will get over it. YOU need to be her new buddy
         
        10-29-2012, 09:58 PM
      #15
    Started
    That's fantastic! Which method did you use? How'd you get her comfortable with it?

    ETA: woops I missed your previous post ^^
         
        10-29-2012, 11:10 PM
      #16
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by GhostwindAppaloosa    
    I wean all my foals alone.. I've tried a lot of different things.. doing weaning buddies so they arent alone etc. I've found that the BEST way for me is to wean them alone in a stall with no contact with other horses... Why? So they bond to me. I bring them their food.. all their attention.. scratches etc... I think this is important in a horses life later on... learning to be alone.. yes they are herd creatures but until they've HAD to be alone.. they are never OK with it if they've never been exposed to it. Using this method I have sound mind foals who never fuss when taken away from their buddies. Your going to IMO put this horse in an isolated firm strong stall.. and do not allow her time with other horses until she is no longer fretting it. She will probably.. kick. Scream.. and be upset. She will get over it. YOU need to be her new buddy
    I agree that they do need to bond to you but this can also cause problems later on. I have a pain in the butt mare who has no idea she is a horse. Starting the bond before they have a chance to be a horse can turn into HUGE problems. My mare is super pushy yet sweet as pie.

    IMO I believe you should give them a chance to be a horse and experiences herd dynamics. Herd dynamics will allow you to teach her respect and space. Which will keep you safe and help bring her to her potential.
         

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