Since our new boarding stable doesn't have a shelter/lean-to for the pastured horses, my horse is going to have a stall where I can put her in inclement weather and where she will spend her nights. During the day she will be turned out in a large 20 acre pasture.
She's still getting acclimated to the new stable, and has not been allowed in the pasture yet--just an oblong pen. She's such a nervous horse that she's paced along the pen's fenceline until she wore a path/packed the dirt down, and in the process (since Sunday) lost quite a bit of weight. She's simply exercising it all off! Her weight was fine when we brought here here. I'm starting her on Nutrena SafeChoice twice a day, and she also gets a flake of hay in the evening, and will be able to eat all the grass in the turnout pasture that she wants. She also gets Source Focus HF.
She has been stalled before, and didn't like it (but it was a very open stall on the end of the row, near all the action, and it was only 8' X 8')--she paced enough in there to lose a TON of weight and wore her hooves down to the whites.
Now, with her going back into a stall, how can I get her to calm down and chill out a little? The stall itself is in a much quieter area than the previous stable's we were at, and it's much bigger and much more solid (made of solid wood instead of just open horse panels). I'm also planning on putting some toys and other things that could occupy her time instead of being upset about being in a stall. What else could I do to help her?
And how might I go about trying to teach her some patience? I've tried tying her up and leaving her for awhile....I've done it for hours and I can't get her to give in and just stand nicely/relax. She paws really bad and will dig a nice sized hole. Her breeding has a lot of stubbornness in it, so for those of you that have worked with super stubborn horses, what have you done to get through to them/learn patience?
I'm more stubborn than she is, and we've worked through all of her other problems that we had, but I can't get past this lack of patience. She's a Paso Fino, so she's naturally pretty hot, but since I've had her since the day she was born, we've got a pretty trusting relationship and I trust her a lot. However, I'd really like to get her past this last hurdle if possible and get her comfortable being in a stall without having to pile on the feed! Thanks!