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        05-24-2009, 10:58 PM
    Green Broke
    What a pretty girl! I love Apps . Good to hear she's settling in. From the sounds of it, she may have been abused by a man or men in the past. Tell your husband to be the one to feed her often as possible, and bring her treats. Have him be quiet around her and not to push her. She'll come around eventually, though it might take a while.
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        05-25-2009, 09:40 AM
    Originally Posted by Qtswede    
    I've never really bothered giving a few days off when I bring one home. A few hours or maybe a day, then we work. However, every horse is different. She may be adjusting, OR they could have given her a dose of Bute or Ace before you came by to check her out. Happens quite a bit. Unless you know what to look for when you go looking, you can easily get a horse that's been doped.
    This was my thought - because it seems to happen a lot around here where I'm at. I hope things are getting better!
        07-06-2009, 08:13 AM
    Green Broke
    Well it sounds exactly like I had with Chinga. Perfect at the old owners place but then a little devil when he came to his new home.

    It just takes time, if your horse has been with its old owners a while its going to want to settle in with you. Spend time on the ground with your horse. I did alot of brushing with Chinga and it seemed to help. Give your horse a week or two to settle in. Its going to be a completly new surrounding, its like taking you from the country and putting you in the city. Your going to be wondering whats happening. I took Chinga for walks around his paddock to let him "explore." I also fed him in different places around his paddock, so he could spend time in "every" place. Instead of at the one place, and that was the gate because that's the place I came in.

    Then when you do decided to start riding, start small and simple. Just go for a walk with someone leading your horse. Then try walking around without a leader.

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