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        05-05-2013, 11:32 AM
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    Weanling
    Is this just because she's nervous?

    Hi everyone!

    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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        05-05-2013, 11:50 AM
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    Foal
    Yes, I would say this is normal behavior. Everything is all new to her and she needs time to adjust to her new environment. I would just let her chill for at least a week. Some horses will get used to new situations more quickly than others, but that's just a personality thing.
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        05-05-2013, 12:01 PM
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    Weanling
    So just leave her be for a week? No haltering or anything? She's pretty dirty, all I want to do is brush her lol.
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        05-05-2013, 12:50 PM
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    Started
    Go at her pace- this is likely the first huge relocation, new herd, new human, new place situation she's been in. Go out, hang out near her, feed her things she likes. If she relaxes a bit it the first day or two, go ahead and halter her and brush or bathe her (if she's used to being bathed), but if it takes longer for her to chill out, that's okay too. You don't have to leave her alone and ignore her, you just don't want to freak her out more. Some horses actually do better at a new location if they have a 'job' right off the bat- just depends on the individual.
         
        05-05-2013, 01:01 PM
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    Weanling
    Thanks guys :) I've been sitting with her, occasionally feeding her apples and carrots
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        05-05-2013, 02:18 PM
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    Weanling
    Not much progress today.. Stood in her area for a good hour. As soon as I touched her, she pinned her ears and moved away. She was relaxing her hind leg though. Any tips?
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        05-05-2013, 02:28 PM
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    Weanling
    She is also completely covered in cuts.. Apparently during the night she escaped and was beaten up by the other horses. As soon as I opened the gate to her area, she ran right into it.
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        05-05-2013, 02:41 PM
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    Trained
    I wonder if she was drugged when you picked her up.

    And no I wouldn't wait a week in order to work with my new horse. The second a horse comes onto my property, they work by my rules. Pinning ears at you and walking away is a sign of disrespect. I don't allow disrespect.
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        05-05-2013, 03:46 PM
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    Weanling
    How can I teach her otherwise? And I doubt she was drugged, I kinda showed up unannounced hahaha
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        05-05-2013, 07:00 PM
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    Foal
    Maybe pull up a chair outside her pen and read for a while and feed her treats from time to time, just so she can see and get used to you as the constant in her life. Give her a little patience; she's hardly been there 48 hours and she's young to boot. What do the owners of the boarding facility advise?
         

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