Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Is this just because she's nervous?
I brought my new horse to a boarding facility yesterday. She was easy to catch, walked on the trailer like a champ, walked off it even better and calmly walked towards the round pen (where they put new horses, just to get them situated). They were setting up a pen for her in the pasture where she can interact with the other horses through the fence until she's ready. I have her some hay and water and left to get some lunch. When I came back, they said that she was pinning her ears at them and no one could get near her. They had to make a makeshift chute to get her into her pen. I went up to her and walked into her pen. She won't let me near her, but she isn't pinning her ears, just walking away. I got some grain and put it in a tub and she slowly came up and ate from it, but still wouldn't let me touch her. I also noticed that when the herd moved out of her view, she started pacing and got very upset.
Now, she just turned 3. She has been at the ranch I bought her from her whole life. Is it just because we are strange people? Is there any way to help her adjust? Is this normal or bad behaviour?
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