The stable I am keeping my mare at has two paddocks. The one in the front, which to my understanding was the one I was leasing and one in the back.The one in the back is very small and what little grass is in it isn't long enough for a horse to eat.
When I first brought my mare out there she had the whole front paddock to herself. She ran the fence line for a short while but she could easily reach her head over the fence to smell the horses in the adjacent feild (owned by the people who lived next door) The next day we introduced my mare to another mare and they shared the front pasture. After about a week of having them in the front the woman who owns the paddocks wanted to move her other four horses into the front so they could graze some. This did not work out well. Two of her horses were very nasty to my mare so I chose to move her and Gypsy (the mare she was originally with) to the back. The problem with that is it is very small and there is nothing for them to graze on.
I had noticed everyday on my way out there about four houses down the road there was a house with a large unoccupied pasture in the back. So today I stopped by and asked them if they would mind me bringing my horse down every other couple of days. Thankfully they were very generous and were more than happy to welcome my horse.
Pep (My mare) freaks. She walked just fine down the road only stopping once to look back, but when I got to the pasture and let her go she ran frantically. Whinnying and running up and down the fence line. I feel horrible but I left her out there. I don't know how to brake her of this bad habbit where she thinks she has to be with other horses at all times. I've even road her a few times where she has tried to turn around and get back to the other horses. When she was in the paddock with gypsy I had to start locking her in her stall at feeding time because Pep is not a Alpha and Gypsy would push her out of her stall and eat all her hay and feed. Pep is an OTTB so she is a little under weight. I am paying top dollar for quality feed and suppliments and can't afford to have this eaten by another horse at every feeding. But my problem with locking her in her stall even when she can see the other mare she paces frantically back and forth. She has scratches on her face from the trailer ride when I picked her up (yes she trailers horribly too, I think because she is alone) but now has twice as many from rubbing her head in her stall. It's like lose lose for me. If i dont lock her up she doesnt get to eat her feed, if I lock her in her stall she paces works up a sweat and bangs up her face more, and now that I walked her down the road so she can graze, she just works herself into a dripping sweat. Please help me! Should I leave her in this pasture alone until she just gets over it? Keep her in the stall for feedings where she bangs her face up more? I can't hand feed her to keep her lose with Gypsy just to make sure she gets her feed but she desperatly needs to put on a few more pounds. Any advice I would so greatly appreciate!
Also, because of all of this I have been considering moving her to another stable where she has her own small paddock with a stall in it but it has horses all around her so she isn't alone. I just want to be able to trailer her with out her banging up her face, keep her in a stall without her wanting to be out with the other horses, and have her be able to eat her feed that i work very hard so i am able to buy for her